Match-fixing case: Detention orders revoked for 3 men

Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam has revoked the Detention Orders of three members of an illegal match-fixing syndicate.

The trio, who were not identified, have now been placed on Police Supervision Orders for three years under the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act (CLTPA) instead, the Ministry of Home Affairs said yesterday.

Those under supervision orders have to inform the police of their whereabouts, may have to keep a curfew, or report to the police when called, among other restrictions.

The ministry said the three men had been issued with Detention Orders for their involvement in a syndicate that conducted "major, illegal, global soccer match-fixing activities from and within Singapore".

They are believed to have been detained since October 2013 as part of a crackdown on alleged match-fixer Dan Tan's syndicate.

The ministry, in a statement, said: "The evidence against the three persons, and their roles in the syndicate, were recently reviewed, after the Court of Appeal gave its decision in Dan Tan's case.

"On the evidence, as it stands now, the minister is satisfied that Detention Orders in respect of the three persons should be revoked... The syndicate leader, Dan Tan, was issued with a new Detention Order."

Under the CLTPA, the Home Affairs Minister has the powers to detain a suspect without trial for up to a year, if he deems it necessary, "in the interests of public safety, peace and good order".

Tan was previously detained for two years, before he was released on Nov 25 last year. The Court of Appeal found that the Detention Order did not expressly show that Tan's activities had a bearing on public safety, peace and good order in Singapore.

After being re-arrested on Dec 1, a new Detention Order showing the extent of his match-fixing activities from and within Singapore was issued by Mr Shanmugam, with the Public Prosecutor's consent.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 19, 2016, with the headline 'Match-fixing case: Detention orders revoked for 3 men'. Print Edition | Subscribe