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In Macau, organised crime has been closely associated with the gambling industry ever since the Portuguese colonial Government legalised gambling in 1847. Chinese triads, secret societies, and other criminal organisations have operated in Macau under Portuguese rule and continue to do so since Macau's return to China as a Special Administrative Region (SAR) in 1999. Macau's criminal law, including its general principles, are guided by the Penal Code which follows the tradition of Continental European criminal codes, especially Portugal's Penal Code. In addition to the Penal Code, Macau has a separate organised crime statute. In addition to the offence in the Penal Code, Macau has a separate Organised Crime Law which contains specific provisions for so-called 'associations or secret societies'.

Keywords: Macau; Organised Crime Law; Penal Code; Special Administrative Region (SAR)



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