Blackmail letters sent to 14 senior officials

Friday, August 5, 2011
Issue 1376, Page 7
Word count: 310
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The Judiciary Police (PJ) has so far received reports from 14 bureau directors and deputy directors who it’s been said have been blackmailed for up to half a million yuan.

The victims were 13 men and 1 woman but the PJ spokesperson Choi Iat Peng declined to disclose their identities or which bureaus were involved.

Choi told the Macau Daily Times that the officials reported to the PJ between July 26 and yesterday after they received letters mailed from Guangdong province including Zhuhai and Zhongshan.

The letters, directly mailed to the bureaus involved, claimed that the senders knew the officials had been involved in corruption and had pornographic photographs of them.

The police spokesperson said the blackmailers had also threatened to report to the Commission Against Corruption and release the photos on the Internet, demanding payment of between 400,000 and 500,000 yuan each. None of the 14 officials paid up.

The spokesperson said no photos were attached with any of the letters but rather a memory card that actually contained no files.

The PJ expected that more government officials may have received similar kind of letters and have sought help from the Public Administration and Civil Service Bureau to send out internal notices urging victims to report to police immediately.

Choi said it is not yet certain whether the blackmail letters came from the same source but the PJ have sent officers to the Zhuhai public security department to join the investigation.

Meanwhile, 50 Hong Kong officials reportedly including policy secretaries also received letters containing fake photos of them in compromising sexual positions and threatening to expose “secrets” about their private lives.

The Hong Kong police said the blackmail letters, that demanded payment of HKD 200,000 to HKD 500,000 each, probably came from the same source in Guangdong. No victim has paid and no arrest had been made so far.

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