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China's Wenzhou issues arrest warrant for Macau junket mogul Chau

[서울=아시아뉴스통신] 레악카나기자 송고시간 2021-11-28 07:32

A logo of Macau junket operator Suncity Group is seen at a gaming fair in Macau, China November 18, 2015. (File photo by=REUTERS/Bobby Yip)

[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] HONG KONG: Wenzhou, a city in eastern China, has issued an arrest warrant for Macau junket mogul Alvin Chau, accusing him of operating gambling activities in mainland China, Reuters reported.

Chau is the founder of Macau's biggest junket operator, Suncity, which operates VIP gambling rooms across Asia. Junket operators are go-betweens who bring high rollers to play at casinos, extending them credit and collecting on their debts. Casino gambling is illegal in China outside the special administrative region of Macau, the world's largest gambling hub. An investigation found that Chau formed a junket agent network in the mainland to help citizens engage in offshore as well as cross-border gambling activities, the Wenzhou City Public Security Bureau said on Friday (Nov 26). Chau and Suncity couldn’t be reached by phone for comment, and they did not immediately respond to email requests for comment.

GGRAsia, a news outlet on the Asia casino industry, quoted a Suncity spokesperson as saying by email early on Saturday that the company had contacted Chau and had not received a response. Suncity's publicly listed entity in Hong Kong, Suncity Group Holdings Ltd, does not include its junket operations.Jeremy Douglas, Southeast Asia and Pacific representative for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, told Reuters, "Chau's arrest warrant is no doubt sending shockwaves through organized crime in Hong Kong and Macau, but also Cambodia, Laos and the Philippines."



 

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