SINGAPORE - Fourteen people believed to be members of an organised crime ring involved in football match-fixing activities have been arrested in police raids across Singapore, authorities said Wednesday.
The Singapore Police Force and the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau said in a joint statement the 12 men and two women were nabbed in a 12-hour operation that ended in the early hours of Tuesday.
They were suspected of "being part of an organised crime group involved with match-fixing activities," the statement said.
The European police agency Europol in February said it had smashed a network rigging hundreds of games, including in the Champions League and World Cup qualifiers.
Europol said at that time that a five-country probe had identified 380 suspicious matches targeted by a Singapore-based betting cartel, whose illegal activities stretched to players, referees and officials across the world.
"Police confirm that the suspected leader and several other individuals who are the subject of ongoing investigations in other jurisdictions for match fixing were among the persons arrested," said the Singapore joint statement issued late Wednesday.
It said the 14 people are being investigated for offences related to match-fixing activities under the city-state's Prevention of Corruption Act, as well as for their involvement in "organised crime activities".
It did not give the nationalities of those arrested, aged between 38 and 60 years old.