- POSTED: 18 Sep 2013 20:57
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14 people have been arrested on suspicion of being part of an organised crime group involved in football match-fixing activities.
SINGAPORE: 14 people have been arrested on suspicion of being part of an organised crime group involved in football match-fixing activities.
The 12 men and two women are aged between 38 and 60 years.
Police confirmed that the suspected leader and several other individuals, who are the subject of ongoing investigations in other jurisdictions for match-fixing activities, were among those arrested.
The arrested persons are being investigated for offences related to match fixing activities and for their involvement in organised crime activities.
Five of those arrested, including the suspected leader, have been detained pending further investigations. The remaining nine persons will be released on police bail.
Police said Singapore is committed to eradicating match-fixing as a transnational crime and protecting the integrity of the sport.
They said all cases will be pursued vigorously with a view to bringing perpetrators to justice.
In a statement released on Wednesday night, international police organisation INTERPOL commended the latest effort by the Singapore police to combat match-fixing.
In March this year, under the auspices of the INTERPOL Global Anti-Match-fixing Taskforce, officers from Singapore's Criminal Investigation Department and Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau met with investigators from across Europe at the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters to review evidence of alleged match-fixing by a transnational organised crime group based in Singapore.
Interpol said the taskforce also facilitated and coordinated additional contact between Singaporean authorities and European investigators.
"Singaporean authorities have taken an important step in cracking down on an international match-fixing syndicate by arresting the main suspects in the case, including the suspected mastermind; no person should doubt Singapore's commitment to fighting match-fixing," said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.
"On behalf of INTERPOL, I would like to commend Singapore for building its own criminal investigation and for demonstrating its ability and determination to fight the match-fixing problem at home and abroad. Singapore put into action its commitment of collaborating with INTERPOL and its member countries in this important global fight by making these arrests," he said.
Mr Noble also said that Singapore authorities have demonstrated the positive results which can be achieved through close international police cooperation via INTERPOL and its member countries.
"I am confident that Singapore's thorough investigation and prosecution of match-fixing will continue and that Singapore will continue to share with INTERPOL evidence obtained by it to assist other countries where their laws permit," he said.
In a joint statement announcing the arrests, Singaporean authorities welcomed the assistance provided by the INTERPOL Global Anti-Match fixing Taskforce, and underlined their commitment to continue working with both the taskforce and the global community in the fight against match-fixing.