GANGLAND YEARS

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 24 November, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 24 November, 1999, 12:00am

November 26, 1996: Deputy director of the Gambling Inspectorate, Lieutenant Colonel Manuel Antonio Apolinario, shot twice in the head and survives.


December 16: 'Broken Tooth' questioned by police.


May 4, 1997: Three senior members of the 14K, one Wan's top aide, killed as they drive along Macau's main avenue.


May 14: 14K member Wong Wing-fai chopped to death.


June 7: Anonymous letters sent to Macau journalists warning them to stop reporting on the 14K and Wan. 'Bullets will have no eyes and knives and bullets will have no feelings,' they are told.


July 24: Casino tycoon Stanley Ho Hung-sun denies organised crime has any influence over operation of casinos.


July 30: Two workmen injured when gunmen open fire with automatic weapons at the New Century Hotel, days before opening of casino run by one of Wan's opponents.


August 15: New organised crime laws enacted.


October 26: Senior 14K member Leung Kwok-hung shot dead following gun battle outside Hyatt Hotel which left two men dead.


March 24, 1998: Senior gambling inspector Francisco Amaral shot dead metres from security headquarters.


April 16: Under-Secretary for Security Brigadier Manuel Soares Monge's chauffeur shot dead as he leaves home to pick up his boss.


April 17: Former legislator and Basic Law adviser Dr Rui Afonso says Macau Government 'lacks the stamina' to tackle triads.


May 1: Police chief Antonio Marques Baptista's car wrecked by bomb. Wan arrested 12 hours later.


November 10: Court freezes $20 million worth of Wan's assets.


March 17 this year: Court hearing delayed until April because of warnings of 'disruptions'.


April 22: Wan charged with criminal intimidation.


April 27: Case adjourned because of missing witnesses and witness statements.


May-October: Series of delays as judge quits and replacement brought in from Portugal.


October 6: Trial begins.


Yesterday: Wan and eight co-defendants jailed.