A former Hong Kong man branded in New Zealand's Parliament as that country's No 1 triad menace has had his bid to sue the police for defamation thrown out by a judge. Ricky Yan Siu-ho lodged a NZ$250,000 (HK$1.1 million) damages claim against New Zealand's police in 1996 after he was named as the head of the country's 14K triad society and as a co-conspirator in a plot to kill an anti-triad detective. Mr Yan, 49, who returned to New Zealand last week after a six-month break in Hong Kong, hoped to strike out allegations made by former police commissioner Richard MacDonald at a parliamentary select committee hearing. But the former Tsim Sha Tsui magazine stall operator said he now faced a NZ$10,000 legal bill and claimed the allegations had 'made life very difficult' for him in New Zealand. In a 12-page judgment, District Court Judge David Ongley ruled the allegations against Mr Yan, widely published in New Zealand, Hong Kong and elsewhere, were protected by parliamentary privilege. Before rejecting Mr Yan's application, Judge Ongley said: 'The power of a select committee to require and receive information affecting the public interest will be circumscribed by the threat of legal consequences falling upon those required to give such information.' Mr Yan, who emigrated 22 years ago and runs a video rental business in Wellington, said he was disappointed with the judgment. He said the judge applied 'archaic technicalities belonging to the 17th century'. 'The judge didn't say that the allegations were correct and gave a true picture of who I am,' said Mr Yan. 'He only ruled on the fact that what they said was protected by parliamentary privilege. I have still been defamed. I would like to take this further but it would be too expensive. I am already NZ$10,000 out of pocket.' Mr Yan said legal proceedings against the police were continuing. It was claimed in the parliamentary select committee that, as 'leader' of the 14K, Mr Yan conspired to kill Wellington Asian Crime Unit Sergeant Api Fiso with leaders of New Zealand's notorious Mongrel Mob. He was arrested, but never charged with any offence. Mr Yan admits knowing members of the 14K, both in New Zealand and Hong Kong, and having acquaintances in the Mongrel Mob. But he laughs off any suggestion that he is a gang boss or was involved in an assassination plot. Sergeant Fiso, who was given 24-hour protection after the alleged plot was uncovered, is back working for the unit. He said: 'The threat was minimised quite a while ago. Now I just take the normal precautions a police officer in my position would take.'