Curbing World Cup betting

05 Jun 2014 / 23:04 H.

    KUALA LUMPUR: Police launched an awareness campaign today to curb sports betting and internet gambling during the 2014 Fifa World Cup as such activities are illegal in the country.
    The Interpol Global Awareness Campaign – "Turn Back Crime" was launched by the commercial crimes investigation department (CCID) director Datuk Sri Mortadza Nazarene at Bukit Aman here.
    He said the ultimate goal of the campaign was to seek the support as well as create awareness in the community for the need to carry out global policing to make the world a safer place.
    The World Cup will be held in Brazil from June 12 to July 13.
    He said sports betting and internet gambling were among the transnational crimes where organised crime syndicates were involved.
    and therefore there was a need to deal with the problem.
    He said it was clear that transnational crimes also involved trafficking in various commodities such as illicit goods, fake medicines, drugs, arms and even human trafficking.
    He added these crimes were interconnected as profits from one area were used by the syndicates to fund another crime.
    The campaign was initiated by the Interpol general secretariat in France during a conference held in April.
    Mortadza said the government has taken steps to cooperate with enforcement agencies internationally to carry out joint operations, exchange information and extradict suspects under the Extradition Act 1992 to combat these illegal activities.
    Malaysia has extradition treaties with the US, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Australia.

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