China freezes nearly 1 billion RMB in Internet gambling crackdown

15:30, September 15, 2010      

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Chinese police solved almost 1,400 Internet gambling cases and froze nearly 1 billion yuan of gambling funds with the cooperation of related organizations during a nationwide crackdown on Internet gambling that lasted from January to August this year, according to a national conference on the crackdown held on Sept. 14.

A number of serious cases were solved, including five cases each involving an annual gambling turnover of more than 30 billion yuan and 21 cases each involving an annual turnover of more than 5 billion yuan.

Meanwhile, police arrested more than 130 groups of operators that operated gambling websites supported by illegal overseas syndicates and detained more than 320 suspects from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia and other places.

In addition, police broke up 57 criminal gangs that had provided help for online gambling activities, including 21 gangs that had provided payment services for gambling sites and they also has forced more than 100 gambling sites to suspend their business.

Certain long-term systems have been established and improved during the crackdown.

For example, the Supreme People's Court, Supreme People's Procuratorate and the Ministry of Public Security jointly promulgated the "Opinions on Certain Legal Issues Concerning Internet Gambling Cases," which provided clear conviction and sentencing guidelines in addition to solving other legal issues about online gambling.

The People's Bank of China, China Banking Regulatory Commission and the Ministry of Public Security jointly established a system that can help inquire into and freeze gambling funds quickly.

Furthermore, the People's Bank of China unveiled the "Administrative Measures for Payment Services Provided by Non-financial Institutions," which imposes punishments on third-party platforms for providing payment services for Internet gambling and other criminal activities.

By People's Daily Online

(Editor:赵晨雁)

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