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April 07, 2011

Illegal betting and bookmarking are in focus

Police are still on the look out for illegal bookmakers

Police are still on the look out for illegal bookmakers, especially with the start of the racing season at Champ de Mars. The officers of the Anti Piracy Unit and Games Police are currently investigating three suspected bookmakers for taking illegal bets.

This follows the arrest of Mohammad Ismael on April 2. He was caught with about Rs 156,000 and around 8,000 euros. The suspect is alleged to have accepted these bets on horse races without a license by the authorities concerned to carry out this activity legally.

At the time of his arrest, the suspect tried to swallow a paper which he had in his possession. The officers only managed to seize a piece of the paper. The investigators believe that it contained the names of the players, the amounts wagered and the telephone numbers.

Subsequently, the cell phone of the alleged illegal bookmaker was requisitioned and the police will use a judge’s order before proceeding to the decryption of the calls. The possibility that his bank account will be examined is not excluded.

Police also raided Ismael’s house but found nothing compromising. During his interrogation at the Line Barracks on Tuesday, Ismael confessed that he had taken money from three bookmakers operating at the Champ de Mars. They will be convened in the coming hours to explain these statements.

Text by the Independent
 

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