Three match-fixing syndicate members released from detention; on police supervision instead

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

SINGAPORE - 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, are now placed on Police Supervision Orders for three years under the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act (CLTPA) instead, said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in a statement on Monday (Jan 18).

MHA added that the three persons had been issued with Detention Orders under the CLPTA for their involvement in a syndicate which conducted "major, illegal global soccer match-fixing activities from and within Singapore".

"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," said MHA. "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."

Tan, described by Interpol as "the leader of the world's most notorious match-fixing syndicate", is being detained without trial under the CLTPA for the second time.

He 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 Tan's activities had a bearing on the public safety, peace and good order within 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.