Betting scandal hits Hong Kong

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Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) announced early this week that a total of 21 persons, including two assistant trainers and four stable staff of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, were arrested for suspected corruption in relation to the provision of privileged information to facilitate illegal bookmaking and control of race horses.

The ICAC announced the sting on Monday night, saying they arrested a total of 21 people in “operation Iron Triangle” which commenced on Saturday. ICAC stated that 15 people were operating the underground “corrupt and illegal” bookmaking syndicate from residential premises in Tsuen Wan with the assistance of the six HKJC staff members.

In a statement, the HKJC said: The Club does not comment on any cases being investigated by ICAC. However, the Club would like to emphasise that upholding uncompromising integrity has always been the core value of the Club. It has zero tolerance for any illegal acts or activities of its employees. The Club has and will continue to work closely with ICAC in its investigations.

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