A HONG KONG businessman who spent six months fighting from his Macau jail cell against extradition and a possible death sentence on the mainland, has chosen instead to be tried on the mainland because he believes he will get a fairer trial there. Just days before Portuguese rule comes to an end in the enclave, Chan Wing-hung, 45, was handed over to mainland Interpol agents after volunteering to go to Nanjing to face trial on US$30 million (HK$230 million) fraud charges. The move has brought stern eve-of-handover criticism of the Macau judicial system from his lawyers who claim it is becoming politicised. According to Chan's lawyer, Alberto Pablo, at last week's hearing to decide his future, Chan spoke out against judges in Macau's Supreme Court before signing a document which effectively paved the way for his own extradition. He has been detained in Macau since his arrest on arrival in the enclave on May 27 this year. Mr Pablo said his view that Chan could face the death penalty was reinforced by rulings from Portugal's Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights on whether the crimes Chan is accused of could bring the death sentence. In previous similar cases, constitutional rulings from Lisbon have blocked extradition on the grounds that Portugal cannot extradite to a country which will impose the death penalty or to a state, like China, with which it has no extradition treaty. However, several bids in the Macau courts to have the businessman freed, including a writ of habeas corpus - wrongful detention - were rejected. Last week, Chan decided he stood more chance of a fair trial in the mainland, his lawyer said. He is understood to have told the Chief Judge of Macau's Supreme Court: 'I would prefer to have a good trial according to the law in China instead of staying in Macau. 'I have no faith in the justice system of Macau. You are politicians who make political decisions, not legal decisions. It is because you want to stay here after the handover.' Attempts by the Sunday Morning Post to contact a spokesman for the Macau Judiciary were unsuccessful. Mr Pablo said: 'I hope this will be an open trial because I want to help the mainland lawyers represent my client.' The charges Chan faces relate to millions of dollars traded on overseas futures markets by Communist Party officials and businessmen in the early 1990s, some of whom had links to the wife of late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping. The huge losses led to a clampdown on futures trading across the mainland in 1993. It is understood Chan's Taiwanese wife, Janet, is in Nanjing this weekend visiting her husband. The couple have three sons, aged 11, two and seven months. Chan's Hong Kong-registered company, Vast Sharp Limited, passed on millions of dollars in cash invested by mainlanders to stock market brokers in Hong Kong and Taiwan for which Vast Sharp took 15 per cent commission. He denies charges of pocketing investors' cash, claiming they simply lost out on their investments.