Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Hundred strong betting ring booked over football match

Hundred strong betting ring booked over football match

120911_02

A group of Indonesian nationals are detained by police at their base of operations in Chamkarmon district. Photograph: National Police Website

Police arrested more than 100 Indonesians in Phnom Penh yesterday, accusing them of operating an illegal online football-betting syndicate, senior officials said.

Major General Chhay Sinarith, director of the Ministry of Interior’s security department, said 114 Indonesian nationals were arrested at two separate locations in the capital’s Chamkarmon district after more than a month of investigation.

“Based on their preliminary confessions, this group was involved mainly in online soccer gambling,” Sinarith said.

Police said the group established the illegal gambling network in Cambodia more than a year ago and had since experienced a steady flow of business from those wanting to bet on all the big games – and more.

“We are still investigating whether anyone has committed any other offences,” he said.

The suspects, he said, were being detained at the Department of Immigration, where they would be questioned further. Only 25 of those arrested had passports, he added.

“We do not know yet whether these people will be prosecuted in Cambodia. We are co-ordinating with Indonesian authorities to resolve this matter,” Sinarith said.

Cambodia and Indonesia have no extradition treaty.

Gambling on football games has been forbidden since Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered the closure of betting company Cambo Six in February 2009, which had generated as much as $1 million per year in tax revenue for the government.

But football betting continues under a cloak of secrecy in various shops and internet cafés and gamblers bet on matches from around the world, ranging from the English Premier League to more obscure minor leagues.

Indonesian Embassy officials could not be reached for comment yesterday.

To contact the reporter on this story: Kim Yuthana at yuthana.kim@phnompenhpost.com
With assistance from Shane Worrel

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

ACLEDA’s boss on how tech is changing financial services

In today’s world of fast-changing technology, Cambodia is seeing increasing innovation in financial services.

ACLEDA President In Channy on the key to the bank’s success

Post Khmer Editor-in-Chief Kay Kimsong sat down with Dr In Channy, President and Group Managing Director of ACLEDA Bank Plc, to explore the main principle guiding Cambodia’s biggest bank.

A taste of Phnom Penh's first container night market

At the launch of Phnom Penh's newest market, The Post spoke to customers and stallholders about what the hub of bars, food stalls, shops and live music will add to the city's nightlife.