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Cambodians held over illegal Euro gambling

Arrests were made in Cambodia over a $13.6 million illegal Euro 2016 gambling ring, Interpol reported this week.

The global police cooperation body conducted two operations that saw 4,100 people arrested over 11 countries.

“[Operation] Aces, involving Cambodia, Korea, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, targeted the transnational networks behind illicit websites and call-centre type operations running online scams resulting in 33 arrests,” Interpol said on its website.

The main operation, SOGA VI, saw “nearly 4,000 raids . . . carried out across China – including Hong Kong and Macau – France, Greece, Italy, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam on illegal gambling dens estimated to have handled $649 million worth of bets”.

“SOGA” is an abbreviation of “soccer gambling”.

Roughly $53 million in cash has been seized, more than 12,500 arrests made and more than 3,400 operations handling nearly $6.4 billion of bets have been closed due to the six SOGA operations, Interpol said.

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