Triad boss 'Broken Tooth' seeks parole in Macau

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 May, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 May, 2008, 12:00am

Triad kingpin 'Broken Tooth' has applied for parole after serving two-thirds of a 14-year jail term in Macau, his lawyer says.

Wan Kuok-koi, 53, submitted a parole request through prison staff after May 1, which marked the 10th anniversary of his captivity.

Criminal lawyer Pedro Redinha, who defended Wan in his 1999 trial and still represents the former 14K boss, said the request had been sent to the Public Prosecutions Office.

'I know he has proceeded with the application,' Mr Redinha said. 'He doesn't need a lawyer to request parole. I was notified by the court of his application.'

Once the most feared gangster in Macau, Wan was arrested on May 1, 1998, hours after a bomb ripped through the car of Judicial Police chief Antonio Marques Baptista.

Mr Baptista, having narrowly escaped death, led a raid on the Hotel Lisboa and seized Wan, who operated a VIP gaming hall there.

His 1999 trial at the Court of First Instance concluded with Wan being jailed for 15 years on convictions of loan-sharking, money laundering and organised crime leadership.

Upon hearing the sentence, Wan screamed abuse at court officials.

He appealed to the Court of Second Instance and his jail term was cut to 13 years and 10 months in 2000.

Under Macau laws, an inmate may be granted parole after completing two-thirds of a jail term with good behaviour.

Fellow gangster 'Fat Girl' Wong Wan-wa failed in her parole attempt and was released only last year after serving a nine-year sentence.

Since his conviction, Wan has been held in a tiny windowless cell on Coloane Island. His legal team once said the conditions had plunged him into a deep depression.

In 1998, Wan spent HK$14 million producing the movie Casino, an autobiographical but tacky tale of triad mayhem.