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Tuesday September 24, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday September 24, 2013 MYT 6:49:08 AM
THE police have refuted allegations in a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) World Service Radio report, concerning Singapore’s commitment to fighting match-fixing.
This was following the arrest of 14 persons suspected to be involved in a match-fixing syndicate earlier last week.
In a statement, the police said yesterday that it is regrettable that BBC has allowed its interviewee, Declan Hill, to make baseless allegations “without asking for his basis or any substantiation”.
“The Singapore authorities reject these serious allegations which are false and cast negative aspersions on the high standing and integrity of our enforcement and judiciary system.
“Should the BBC or its interviewees have evidence that substantiate any of the allegations made against the Singapore authorities, or on match-fixing syndicates in Singapore, we advise that you contact us immediately to share such evidence so that action can be taken,” said the police.
Among the 14 persons arrested was businessman Dan Tan Seet Eng, 48, whose alleged ring has apparently rigged over 150 matches in countries including Italy, Hungary, Finland and Nigeria.
Nine persons have since been released on bail pending further investigations while five are still being detained.
Police said the arrest of the 14 suspects by the Singaporean authorities was a culmination of its concerted effort since 2011 to investigate into allegations of Singaporeans involved in global match-fixing. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network
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