Thursday, February 21, 2013

Interpol urges arrest of Singapore 'match-fixer'

Interpol urges arrest of Singapore 'match-fixer'

 The head of Interpol today
urged Singapore to move against one of its citizens considered
a key suspect in global football match-rigging, saying its
failure to do so "distresses the world".

     Secretary-General Ronald Noble made the comment as
Interpol and world football officials wrapped up a two-day
meeting in Kuala Lumpur with a pledge to work more closely in
combatting the growing scourge of match-fixing.

          In a press conference closing the gathering, Noble took
aim at Tan Seet Eng, also known as Dan Tan, who has emerged as
a central figure in the suspected rigging of nearly 700 games

            Tan's name has cropped up in multiple match-rigging
investigations but remains at large in Singapore, where police
have said they need hard evidence before arresting anyone. Tan
has denied wrongdoing.
            "The fact that there can be an alleged organised crime
head operating in a country known to be safe, secure like
Singapore, distresses Singaporeans and distresses the world,"
said Noble.
            However, he praised the city-state for tipping off
Interpol and Italian authorities on the arrival in Milan on
Thursday of an alleged associate of Tan's who is wanted in
Italy over match-fixing charges.
            Noble did not name the man, who flew to Milan from
Singapore, or provide his nationality. Singaporean police
denied comment.
            "I want to compliment the Singapore police not just for
their activity yesterday but their activity constantly in
fighting international crime, including matchfixing," he said
in a closing speech. 

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