MACAU DAILY TIMES 澳門每日時報 » Pedro Chiang’s lawyer says information of detention for extradition is a fallacy

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MACAU DAILY TIMES 澳門每日時報 » Pedro Chiang’s lawyer says news of detention for extradition is a fallacy

The lawyer who represents businessman Pedro Chiang has made it clear to news broadcast in some local media that his client has been arrested in Portugal and is awaiting extradition to Macau.
João Miguel Barros said in a statement that such information is not only false but also based on a false belief that has no legal basis.
According to Barros, who confirmed that Chiang was briefly detained in Portugal last week for a failed trial by the Macao Judicial Police (PJ), Chiang was released almost immediately “because he is a free man who does not pay any charges Has reached an agreement with the judiciary [of Macau or any other jurisdiction]”
“Even if he had a conviction that he did not carry out, extradition to Macau would not be possible because he is a Portuguese citizen. And Portugal only extradites its nationals in very specific and exceptional cases, ”affirmed Barros.
According to the lawyer, the case is underscored by a series of wrongful procedures and lack of action by local judicial authorities, followed by delays and a lack of awareness from both Interpol and the Portuguese PJ.
Barros noted that the problem started when the Macau courts failed to request the return of Interpol’s arrest warrant after declaring the continuation of the pending case regarding Chiang. This mistake was then exacerbated by Interpol, which issued a “red warning” for Chiang’s detention when the charges against him were overdue.
The lawyer also noted that it is very strange that Interpol’s last update to the arrest warrant was in September 2020 when the 2017 case expired.
Barros says all the trouble could have been easily avoided if the Macau PFY had informed Interpol of the process as early as 2017 and lifted the order to arrest Chiang internationally.
Barros summed up Chiang with the Macau courts, stating that his client was a defendant in two trials before the Court of First Instance (TJB). Both judgments were not challenged in any of the higher courts.
The first case, which reached a verdict on January 22, 2010, “was declared a mandatory crime of which Pedro Chiang was charged [for Corruption and Money Laundering]. “The first crime expired in March 2018 and the second in March of this year. The attorney found that Chiang had previously been cleared of charges by the TJB in relation to the second crime. Regarding the second court case, the trial began on October 17, 2012, but on October 6, 2017, Chiang’s legal responsibility was declared extinct. The final decision was made on November 1st, 2017. Barros noted that Interpol’s “Red Warning” was for the second trial.
The attorney also noted that the TJB officially ordered the local PJ to remove all arrest warrants issued to Chiang twice, most recently on November 19, two days before the incident in Portugal.
Barros also accused the Portuguese PFY of trying to carry out an expired order and insisting on communicating the case publicly even after they knew they were illegally detaining him, which the lawyer describes as “just dishonoring the institution.”

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