Former Macau minister Ao Man-long bullied a businessman into bribing him with more than HK$7 million, the city's Court of First Instance heard yesterday. Frederico Marques Nolasco da Silva, who faces five counts of bribery and money laundering, defended himself on the second day of the trial of four members of Ao's family and three businessmen. Nolasco da Silva, a manager and shareholder of CSR-Macau, a cleaning firm controlled by Hong Kong-based Swire Sita Waste Services, admitted paying about HK$7.4 million to Ao in 2006 while knowing it was illegal, but insisted that he had been coerced. He described Ao as a wilful person who repeatedly pressured him for bribes, and threatened him. 'Ao Man-long doesn't like to hear, 'No',' Nolasco da Silva said. 'He likes to have his way and hates disobedience.' Ao, the former secretary for transport and public works, is awaiting a judgment from the Court of Final Appeal on 76 counts of bribe-taking, money laundering, and abuse of power, among other charges. In 2005, Ao approached Nolasco da Silva asking for payment over a government contract that CSR-Macau was pursuing, the court heard. Nolasco da Silva said he was surprised at Ao's request for 5 per cent of the contract's value and discussed it with Swire Sita executives. Later, when Nolasco da Silva turned Ao down, the former minister bullied him, the court was told. 'He lost his temper and said, 'You want to mess me about? No other company has ever done that to me. You'd better try not to anger me again',' Nolasco da Silva said. Fearing that Ao might cause trouble for his company, Nolasco da Silva agreed to make payments over three government contracts that CSR-Macau was pursuing, the court heard. 'I knew it was illegal, but he could have made it difficult for us to get contracts,' he said. In May, 2006, Nolasco da Silva handed five cheques to Ao that were later deposited into a bank account of Ao's father, Ao Veng-kong, who endorsed the cheques worth HK$7.37 million in total, the court heard. The cheques were issued from Polymile, a company owned by Nolasco da Silva, his wife and two relatives. In November, graft-buster Fong Pak-ian told the Court of Final Appeal that Swire Sita had paid Polymile, a shell company, sums to be used as bribes for the former minister. A bank statement displayed by Mr Fong showed that a HK$9.1 million cheque from Swire Sita was deposited into a HSBC account of Polymile on March 20, 2006. It was printed on the statement that the amount was being paid over an agreement reached on November 28, 2005. After Ao's arrest, investigators found a copy of the agreement in Ao's office and another copy in the office of Nolasco da Silva. Under the agreement, Polymile would receive 8 million patacas for helping CSR-Macau to win a government contract for building a hazardous waste treatment plant, and 5 million patacas if it helped the firm win the right to build an automatic vacuum collection system. Another bank statement displayed by Mr Fong showed that a HK$7.5 million cheque from Swire Sita was deposited in Polymile's account on September 8, 2006. It was printed on the statement that the amount was being paid for 'the pilot project re Avcs Macao', which the investigator said referred to the vacuum collection system. Nolasco da Silva yesterday alleged that the agreement was drawn up at Ao's request. The trial continues on Monday.