Singapore: six charged over illegal gambling syndicate

Six men connected with illegal gambling syndicates appeared in court on Friday.
Six men connected with illegal gambling syndicates appeared in court on Friday.

The six charged are among 66 people who have been arrested since October 2018 for connections with criminal syndicates.

Singapore.- Six men have appeared in court charged over alleged involvement in an illegal gambling syndicate.

The men are accused of having been members of an organised criminal group that managed an illegal gambling den. All faced gambling-related charges, but some are also accused of drug trafficking and other crimes.

They are among 66 people who have been arrested since October 2018, when the Singapore police force launched a nationwide crackdown on criminal syndicates.

The police said in a statement: “This is the fourth organised criminal group identified for prosecution for various offences under the Organised Crime Act (OCA), which came into force on June 1, 2016.”

The OCA states that those who are found guilty of being part of an organised criminal group can face jail sentences of up to five years and be fined up to US$100,000.

Meanwhile, Singapore’s legal casino activities continue to suffer due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Singapore is in talks with Australia on easing travel restrictions between the two countries.

In a bid to boost visitation while travel restrictions remain in place, Resorts World Sentosa also launched staycation packages for Singapore residents.

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