Thursday, 3 October 2013

Singapore football match-fixing ring 'world's biggest'

4 people issued with Detention Orders for involvement in match-fixing

4 people issued with Detention Orders for involvement in match-fixing

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has confirmed that Detention Orders have been issued on four persons for being part of a global football match-fixing syndicate.

MHA said a fifth person has been issued a Police Supervision Order. The orders were issued under the Criminal Law Temporary Provisions Act (CLTPA), which is due to be renewed in October 2014.

The Singapore Police Force and the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) started investigations into this match-fixing syndicate since 2011

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Singapore football match-fixing ring 'world's biggest'

A football match-fixing ring based in Singapore is the world's "most aggressive" such operation, an Interpol chief says

A football match-fixing ring based in Singapore was the world's "largest and most aggressive" such operation, the Interpol chief said in remarks published Tuesday after the arrest of the group's suspected mastermind.

International Criminal Police Organization Secretary-General Ronald Noble hailed the arrest in Singapore last week of 14 suspects.

"I'm confident that Singapore law enforcement authorities have arrested the mastermind and leader of the world's most notorious match-fixing syndicate," Noble said in remarks carried by the city state's Today newspaper.

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Singapore gang rigged 100-plus games

A notorious Singaporean match-fixing gang rigged more than 100 football games worldwide in a scam worth millions of dollars, before it was busted this month, a source said Monday
A notorious Singaporean match-fixing gang rigged more than 100 football games worldwide

A notorious Singaporean match-fixing gang rigged more than 100 football games worldwide in a scam worth millions of dollars, before it was busted this month, a source said Monday.

The source, who has direct knowledge of the case, added there were signs that the syndicate, allegedly led by Singaporean businessman Dan Tan, was involved in violent activity.

However, the source played down suggestions that the gang was responsible for a greater share of the 680 suspicious games reported by European investigators earlier this year. 

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Dan Tan, suspected leader of match-fixing syndicate, held

The alleged mastermind of a global football match-fixing syndicate is reportedly among 14 people arrested in a major crackdown in Singapore.

Police yesterday declined to confirm that Singaporean businessman Dan Tan, whose full name is Tan Seet Eng, was the "suspected leader" mentioned in their statement announcing the arrests.

Syndicates linked to Singapore had targeted hundreds of games worldwide, including those in the Champions League and World Cup qualifiers, European police agency Europol said in February.
A joint statement from Singapore police and anti-corruption bureau said 12 men and two women were nabbed in a 12-hour operation that ended in the early hours of Tuesday.




Global 'match-fixing ring-leader’ Dan Tan arrested in Singapore

Tan Seet Eng, better known as Dan Tan, emerged as the lynchpin of an alleged match-fixing scandal that has reached across the globe

Police in Singapore have arrested 14 people in their most important breakthrough so far into a global football match-fixing network. Among those said to have been detained is the alleged ring-leader, a man known as Dan Tan. 

Earlier this year, police in Europe announced they had uncovered evidence that match-fixing networks believed to be based in Singapore were responsible for rigging, or trying to rig, 680 local, league and international matches in countless countries between 2008-2011. In papers filed before a court in Cremona, Italian investigators alleged that Singaporean businessman Dan Tan Seet Eng, better known as Dan Tan, as head of the network.

Under mounting international pressure, Singapore police dispatched officers to be briefed by their Interpol counterparts in Lyons and called in Mr Tan for initial questioning. Late on Wednesday night, they announced that 12 men and two women - all from Singapore - had now been formally arrested.

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Singapore match-fixing ring was world's biggest: Interpol

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Interpol secretary general Ronald Noble says they have arrested the mastermind behind the world's most notorious match-fixing syndicate. Photo: AP

A soccer match-fixing ring based in Singapore was the world's "largest and most aggressive" such operation, the Interpol chief said following the arrest of the group's suspected mastermind.

Interpol secretary general Ronald Noble hailed the arrest in Singapore last week of 14 suspects. "I'm confident that Singapore law enforcement authorities have arrested the mastermind and leader of the world's most notorious match-fixing syndicate," Noble said.

"It is significant because this syndicate is considered the world's largest and most aggressive match-fixing syndicate, with tentacles reaching every continent. The mastermind was someone many believed was untouchable."

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Referees refuse to return to Singapore for match-fixing trial

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Singaporean businessman Eric Ding Si Yang. Photo: AFP

Two Lebanese match officials jailed in Singapore for accepting free sex from an alleged match-fixer have refused to return to the city state to testify at his trial, a court heard yesterday.

Assistant referees Ali Eid, 33, and Abdallah Taleb, 37, were deported in June after serving three-month prison sentences for accepting the services of a prostitute as a bribe from local nightclub owner Eric Ding Si Yang.

Another Lebanese national, referee Ali Sabbagh, testified for the prosecution last month while he was still in Singapore serving a six-month jail term. Jeffrey Tan Kian Tat, an investigator from the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB), told the court Ali Eid and Abdallah Taleb had communicated to him through the Lebanese Football Association and a Lebanese diplomat in Singapore their unwillingness to return to testify.



Arrest of match-fixing suspect brings Interpol a step closer to 'kingpin'

Police in Italy have arrested a Slovenian associate of the man they claim is the kingpin in an international conspiracy to fix top-flight football matches. The Slovenian, who had been on the run, flew to Milan from Singapore and gave himself up. Interpol named him as 31-year-old Admir Suljic and said he was an associate of Dan Tan, a Singaporean national who is believed to be behind a massive betting scam that has fixed the results of hundreds of matches across Europe and beyond.

“Admir Suljic , who is accused of fraud and qualified sporting fraud committed within criminal association, was taken into custody shortly after his flight from Singapore touched down at Malpensa airport on Thursday,” Interpol said in a statement.

It said it had acted with the cooperation of the authorities in Singapore, who have previously been accused of failing to take proper action against those accused of fixing at least 680 football matches, including several hundred in Europe. The arrest of Mr Suljic raises the prospect that the authorities might finally move against Mr Tan, who police said was helping them with their inquiries

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Singapore match-fixing ring was world's biggest, says Interpol

Comment: Would the Singapore police have taken action against this syndicate which grown to become the world's biggest match-fixing ring if it is not for the attention from international media after recent probe by Europol?

South China Morning Post, 25 Sep 2013
A soccer match-fixing ring based in Singapore was the world's "largest and most aggressive" such operation, the Interpol chief said following the arrest of the group's suspected mastermind.

Noble did not mention any names but a source has confirmed that among those arrested was Singaporean Dan Tan, the syndicate's suspected head. He and four others are being held without bail under a tough law designed for gang members. Noble said the arrests were the result of co-operation between Singapore and Interpol's Global Anti-Match-fixing Task Force. Full story

Related:
Spore businessman, 44 others indicted in Hungary in match-fixing scam - Washington Post Dan Tan charged in Hungary football match-fixing probe - The Citizen
Football 'match-fixer' Dan Tan with Singapore police - BBC News
Top match-fixing suspect 'assisting' investigation - Yahoo! Sports Singapore
Singapore police questioning alleged football fix mastermind Tan - The Washington Post
Singapore police question Tan over fixing - Yahoo! Sport
Singapore Police Says Man Aiding in Match-Fixing Probe - Bloomberg
Football matchfixing suspect detained at Milan airport - Hindustan Times
Alleged match-fixer arrested - IOL.co.za
Matchfixing suspect detained in Milan - Yahoo!7 Sport
Interpol: Suspected match-fixer flying to Milan - Yahoo! Sports
Spore police tell Interpol that suspected match-fixer flying from to Milan - Washington Post
Matchfixing suspect arrested in Italy - Aljazeera.com
Untouchable in Singapore - New Straits Times
The slow pursuit of match-fixing's top suspect - inSing.com
Why Spore gov didn't issue an arrest warrant for Dan Tan? - Declan Hill's Blog
Island's Squeaky-Clean Image Is Being Tarnished By Global Match-Fixing Scandal
Singapore 'helping' match-fixing inquiry - Aljazeera.com
Singapore joins probe into match-fixing scam - Reuters
Singapore under pressure over global match-fixing ring - The Economic Times
Singapore feels heat over match-fixing - Bangkok Post
Singapore sees red over match-fixing ring - Mid-day.com
Tackling Match-Fixing Puts Pressure On Singapore - NBC Sport
Global 'match-fixing ring-leader’ Dan Tan arrested in Singapore - The Independent
Singapore football match-fixing ring 'world's biggest' - Yahoo! Sports

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