The row between gaming mogul Stanley Ho Hung-sun, 83, and his sister, Winnie Ho Yuen-ki, 82, escalated yesterday when shareholders of Mr Ho's entertainment empire unanimously agreed to expel Ms Ho as a shareholder. 'I no longer regard her as a sister,' Mr Ho said after the 30-minute shareholders' meeting. 'What she has done has made it impossible for us to remain as brother and sister.' Mr Ho said he was fed up with his sister's 'repeated attempts to disturb the company's operation'. 'Our directors unanimously passed a resolution to expel her on May 30,' he said. 'Shareholders at today's meeting also gave 100 per cent support to the decision.' Ms Ho left the company's board of directors in 2001. Yesterday's decision to oust Ms Ho from STDM must be approved by the Macau courts, however. Although a ruling has not yet been reached, Ambrose So Shu-fai, chairman of the shareholders' meeting, expressed his confidence that STDM would win. 'We believe we have sufficient legal grounds in this litigation,' Mr So said, adding that the ongoing court battles involving Ms Ho would not affect the operation of casino operator Sociedade de Jogos de Macau (SJM), a wholly owned subsidiary of STDM. Last week, Ms Ho announced she had sought an injunction to prevent yesterday's meeting from convening. But Mr Ho said the meeting had been allowed to proceed. 'We asked the court and were told to go ahead with the meeting,' he said. Ms Ho responded to her removal from STDM with a 19-page statement in which she continued to allege that the company had withheld 3 billion patacas of dividends from her since 2001. She said that instead of selling her STDM shares, she would donate her 6 billion patacas stake to a charitable foundation she had set up. 'I hope Mr Stanley Ho will not stop my contribution to the charities again with various excuses,' she said. Mr Ho dismissed his sister's claims. 'Our staff have painstakingly audited the accounts in order to figure out how much we owe her.' The tycoon said STDM owed his sister dividends worth 110 million patacas - 65 million were dividends withheld from 2001 to 2004 due to ongoing lawsuits, while another 50 million are dividends from the 2004 financial year. 'She will be paid in full by the end of June,' he said. Also at yesterday's meeting, Mr Ho's third wife Ina Chan Yuen-chen and fourth wife Angela Leong On-kei were appointed as new STDM directors.