MELAKA: Melaka police nabbed 11 men under “Ops Soga VIII" for their alleged involvement in a UEFA Euro 2020 football betting syndicate.
State Criminal Investigation Department chief Asst Comm Mohd Sukri Kaman said the suspects, all locals aged between 19 and 69, were arrested in a series of raids with bets amounting to RM136,000.
“The suspects were nabbed at shops and houses which had been converted as hideouts during the operations carried out between June 10 and July 13,” he said in a statement on Wednesday (July 14).
ACP Mohd Sukri said his men also confiscated RM582 in cash, betting cards worth RM40,000 and gambling paraphernalia including four computers, two laptops, 14 mobile phones and 10 Euro 2020 football betting notes.
He said the suspects are being investigated under Section 6(3) of the Betting Act 1953, which provides imprisonment not exceeding five years and a maximum fine of RM200,000, upon conviction.
Meanwhile, ACP Sukri said five men were arrested in Kuala Sungai Baru on suspicion of stealing household equipment from a homestay on July 10.
ACP Sukri said all the suspects, aged between 17 and 33, were arrested during a raid at 12.20am on Tuesday (July 13).
He said that investigators also recovered the items which were reported missing by the homestay owner including a refrigerator, washing machine and water filter.
ACP Mohd Sukri said several packets, believed to be drugs, were also seized from one of the suspects.
He added that the five, with previous criminal and drug records, have been remanded for four days until July 16, and the case is being investigated under Section 380 of the Penal Code.