Five organised-crime suspects were released in Macau yesterday, but reputed triad boss Wan Kuok-koi was charged and held in jail. Wan, 43, spent his first night behind bars in a one-man cell at Coloane Prison after being formally charged with criminal association early yesterday, following a 22-hour legal tussle. Original charges relating to murder, drug trafficking and illegal immigration were suspended for all six suspects - five of whom were released on bail. They were picked up in raids last weekend. One of Wan's team of lawyers, Pedro Redinha, said an appeal was being considered which would claim evidence against his client relied solely on police statements. 'We believe all the evidence is contained in declarations of police officers. It is only their point of view that Mr Wan is the chief of a criminal organisation,' Mr Redinha said. 'We are disappointed about the decision reached during the night. We don't think there is enough proof of this or the other crimes listed in the orginal charges.' The assistant to the Undersecretary for Security, Manuel Antonio Geraldes, rejected the claim. 'We believed we had enough evidence to prosecute all six; the Attorney-General believed we had enough evidence. But, unfortunately, the judge didn't and we have to respect the independence of the Judiciary,' Mr Geraldes said. Sources said charges could be laid against Wan, his younger brother Wan Kuok-hung and four others 'within weeks'. The elder Wan faces up to 20 years in jail if convicted. But new procedural laws which came into force yesterday mean that even if Wan succeeds in his appeal, prosecutors could have the decision quickly overturned. Mr Redinha said that if a quick appeal was lodged, Wan could be out of jail in a month, but if normal legal procedures were followed he would be inside for up to six months. 'Mr Wan received the decision with surprise and with a little shock,' Mr Redinha said. 'He believed there was not enough evidence for the decision to detain him. 'However, he has accepted the decision and is confident that it can be overturned.' Wan, known as Broken Tooth, was visited by his wife and mother in jail yesterday afternoon. Mr Redinha said he would meet his client today to discuss the appeal. Wan was arrested last week after a bomb attack on the car of Judiciary Police Director Dr Antonio Marques Baptista. Dr Baptista was on a morning jog when the blast occurred and is reported to have ordered the crackdown. Wan's pre-trial detention means he will miss the premiere of Casino, a movie based on his life, at a Causeway Bay cinema tomorrow. Censors in Hong Kong have cut some scenes of triad violence from the film, which stars Simon Yam Tat-wah as Wan, to comply with laws banning 'the glorification of triad societies'.