Singapore businessman accused in match-fixing was ordered to be released

Pavel Lokhovinin


Dan Tan was jailed in October 2013 after the accusation of controlling the world global syndicate that made millions betting on fixed matches in Italy and across the world. He was held under a Singaporean law for indefinite period without a trial but Chief Justice of Singapore said that there was no evidence to suggest that Tan can be a menace to the public safety. At once Chief Justice said that Tan’s acts should not be condoned.

Last year Tan’s appeal had been dismissed by another Singapore court. As one of his lawyers said, Tan was being held on unlawful grounds and today it has been proven in court.

This Singaporean detention law was introduced in 1955 and has been used against suspected drug traffickers, illegal money-lenders and criminal gang members. Dan Tan was arrested in September 2013 along with 13 other suspects with the help of Interpol. That arrest was considered as a breakthrough in battle against the corruption in football as Tan was named a “general director of the ring”. He was suspected of being the mastermind behind fixed matches in Serie-A and Serie-B in 2011 and more than 32 games in Hungary, Italy and Finland.

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