Datuk Mohd Azman Ahmad Sapri
23/12/2022 03:01 AM

KUCHING, Dec 22 (Bernama) -- Sarawak police arrested 54 people statewide for illegal online gambling and betting in the just-ended 2022 Qatar football World Cup said Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Mohd Azman Ahmad Sapri.

According to Mohd Azman, 50 were local citizens while four were foreigners, aged between 18 and 53.

He said the arrests involving 42 men and 12 women were made in 43 raids carried out during Op Soga IX, which started on Nov 19 and ended yesterday.

“Out of that number, 43 investigation papers were opened, 17 were charged in court where all the accused pleaded guilty and paid a fine,” he said during a press conference at the state police contingent headquarters today.

He said the head of the illegal betting syndicate was also arrested and further investigations will be carried out to combat the crime.

Mohd Azman said the total value of betting confiscated was estimated at RM50,000 including RM6,744 cash, four computers, 47 phones, two laptops, five printers and football match schedules.

“We cannot confirm the actual amount of bets because confiscated items will be sent to the forensic lab to extract data such as phones and then gambling experts will issue a report,” he said.

In the meantime, Mohd Azman said the Sarawak police will conduct an integrated Crime Prevention Operation from Saturday (Dec 24) to Jan 1, in conjunction with the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

He said the operation was to fight crime in all districts of the state, reduce the rate of road accidents and ensure that houses left vacant during the festive season are safe.