Alleged global match-fixer rearrested

Dan Tan, also known as Tan Seet Eng. AFP PHOTO

Dan Tan, also known as Tan Seet Eng. AFP PHOTO

SINGAPORE: A Singaporean man accused of leading the world’s largest football match-fixing syndicate is trying to find out why he has been rearrested almost a week after being freed by the country’s highest court, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

The release of businessman Dan Tan on November 25 following an order by the Court of Appeal was roundly criticised by football’s world governing body FIFA and other analysts as a blow to efforts to rid the global sport of corruption.

However, police issued a terse statement late Tuesday confirming Tan had been rearrested six days after he was freed “for investigations into suspected involvement in criminal activities”.

“Investigations are on-going,” the statement said.

Tan’s defense counsel Hamidul Haq told Agence France-Presse on Wednesday: “I am still at the stage where I am trying to get information [on why he was rearrested]. I don’t have any new material.”

In a statement issued a day after Tan was freed last month, the ministry said it would study the judgement carefully and decide on its next step.



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