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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

China has released all but six Crown Casino staffers jailed for gambling offences


CHINA has released 10 employees of Australian casino giant Crown Resorts, the first of 16 who were detained in October and sentenced in June for gambling crimes.
Four employees, including Australian national Jerry Xuan, emerged from a Shanghai detention facility on Wednesday accompanied by family members and security officials.
A Reuters reporter at the scene said they left immediately in cars without speaking to the media.
Another six were released from a second facility in the city, said a man who identified himself as a lawyer for the families and who declined to give his name.
“Everything went OK,” a family member of one of the employees told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
Billionaire James Packer. Picture: Justin Chin
Billionaire James Packer. Picture: Justin ChinSource:Supplied
A total of 19 employees were detained as Crown was trying to attract high-spending Chinese to its casinos outside China, where gambling is illegal except in the territory of Macau.
A court jailed 16 of them, including three Australians for nine to 10 months, backdated to their October detention.
Graeme Meehan, Consul-General of Australia in Shanghai, gives a statement after leaving last month. Crown Casino court case. Picture: Supplied
Graeme Meehan, Consul-General of Australia in Shanghai, gives a statement after leaving last month. Crown Casino court case. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied
Crown will pay a fine of $1.67 million issued to the staff.
Shares in Crown Resorts plummeted to a year-low of $9.71 after the news of the detention of the staff members.
There were fears they could be accused of money laundering, which carries up to a ten-year sentence — but it emerged last month that they would face the less serious charge of promoting gambling on China’s mainland, where betting and the promotion of it are illegal.
A van carrying jailed Crown employees leaves court last month. Picture: Supplied
A van carrying jailed Crown employees leaves court last month. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied
Overseas casinos have been playing a risky game for several years in order to tap into the lucrative Chinese VIP market.
They usually rely on “junkets” — middlemen exploiting a legal grey area that allows them to promote a resort’s hotels and facilities — to entice wealthy customers, but some later began sending their own staff.

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