Hong Kong – 21 people arrested in connection with a suspected illegal bookmaking ring
Six licensed Hong Kong Jockey Club staff members are among 21 people arrested by anticorruption police in connection with a suspected illegal bookmaking ring. The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) announced the arrests as part of Operation Iron Triangle, with the bookmaking ring suspected of having used “privileged information” from HKJC employees, including two assistant trainers.
Four members of stable staff were also arrested. The ICAC stated 15 people were operating
the bookmaking syndicate from a residential premises in Tsuen Wan with the assistance of
the six HKJC staff members, according to the report in the South China Morning Post. In a
statement, an ICAC spokesman said: “The HKJC has rendered full assistance to the ICAC during its
operation. The ICAC and the HKJC do not tolerate any corrupt activities. The two organisations will
continue to liaise and cooperate closely to combat related crimes and keep horseracing in Hong
Kong clean.” The HKJC said in a statement that it has “zero tolerance for any illegal acts or activities
of its employees”.