Suspected leader of match-fixing gang and 13 others arrested in Singapore
LYON, France – The arrest by Singapore authorities of 14 individuals on suspicion of belonging to an organized crime group involved in match-fixing, including the suspected leader, has been commended by INTERPOL.
The 12 men and two women were arrested following raids across Singapore in the early hours of Tuesday 17 September. Among those taken into custody was the suspected leader and several other individuals who are the subject of ongoing investigations in other jurisdictions in relation to match-fixing activities.
The arrests were part of a joint operation led by the Singapore Police Force’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) with support from the Police Intelligence Department.
In March this year, under the auspices of the INTERPOL Global Anti-Match-fixing Taskforce, officers from the CID and CPIB met with investigators from across Europe at the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters to review evidence of alleged match-fixing by a transnational organized crime group based in Singapore. 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.
Secretary General Noble added: “Singaporean 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,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.
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 and to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Five of the individuals, including the suspected leader, are currently being detained pending further investigation, with the other nine to be released on police bail. Further enquiries in relation to the arrests should be directed to the Singaporean authorities.