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Broken Tooth allegedly to go into temporary “exile”
Three days after his prison release, former triad leader Wan Kuok Koi, better known as “Broken Tooth Koi” was reported to be going into “exile” soon, probably to Hong Kong or another South East Asian country such as Thailand.
HK media said the former most-feared man in Macau was told by senior Beijing officials to stay away from Macau for 2 to 3 months at least in order to avoid possible trouble. Local police already reportedly imposed close surveillance on him including wiretapping his telecommunications. It was reported that even his former triad associates from HK were closely monitored upon entering Macau in case of a possible meeting.
The reports said the former triad originally intended to go to the mainland for the 2 to 3 month “cooling period”, but due to problems with the authorities, he is most likely to end up in HK, or foreign countries like Thailand.
Reports said Wan would use this period to reconnect with his former associates and followers, to plan for a return to the gaming industry in which he was operating a junket before being sent to jail for 13 years and 10 months. It was said he was guaranteed a share of the junket business in exchange for his peaceful return to the lucrative business that has experienced dramatic growth over the past decade. Sources said although junkets need licenses to operate, Wan could join the sector as a “partner” to avoid documentation procedures.
“Broken Tooth” was released in the early morning of December 1st, promising not to cause trouble after stepping out of Coloane’s high-security prison. He conducted himself in a low-key manner, which was in sharp contrast to his high-profile style before his long jail term.
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