Online gambling suspects, among them software experts, to be charged under Poca

PETALING JAYA: The police here have rearrested 35 previously arrested suspects under the Prevention of Crime Act (Poca) in follow-up action on a group that specialises in creating online gambling software

Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal said at a press conference on Friday (Oct 30) that Poca was being used as the police are "not going easy (on them) anymore".

ACP Nik Ezanee said that all were arrested on Thursday (Oct 29) and added that one of those arrested is still under quarantine because she is exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms.

“These are all educated people with expertises in computers. If this was a drug bust, our raid was equivalent to busting a drug lab, ” he said

ACP Nik Ezanee also said that the suspects were linked to a prior police raid on Oct 2, where 37 suspects were arrested at Symphony Square here.

“They even have their own corporate intelligence to study what software attracts players. We don’t do things halfway, we will pursue it to the end, ” he added

He added that this was the first time the police in the district had launched an operation against a group that created online gambling software.

Investigations into the group have led the police to believe that they profited from creating online gambling software to be sold overseas.

So far, the Petaling Jaya police have arrested 84 suspects under Poca for various crimes.

Of that, 12 suspects from two separate crime syndicates have been linked to online gambling operations.

This story has been amended after the police clarified some information.

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