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Person suspected of fixing soccer matches for years is arrested in Italy

Aleteia - published on 02/21/13

The suspect allegedly works for a Singaporean crime syndicate

Based on a tip from Singaporean police, Italian police have arrested Admir Suljic, accusing him of working to fix soccer matches since 2008. More from the NYTimes:

The Italian authorities believe that Mr. Suljic, a Slovenian, and one of his countrymen, Dino Lalic, have served as the syndicate’s main operators in Italy since at least 2008. According to prosecutors, Mr. Suljic and Mr. Lalic dealt directly with soccer players to manipulate the matches and enable illicit gambling. Mr. Suljic and Mr. Lalic stayed at the same hotel as the alleged boss of the syndicate, Mr. Tan, on several occasions; they also traveled with him in a car from Slovenia to Italy in 2009, the authorities said.
The announcement of Mr. Suljic’s arrest coincided with an Interpol conference on match-fixing Thursday in Kuala Lumpur. Ronald K. Noble, the American who leads Interpol, said in a statement that law enforcement officials “must be given the legal framework to share information with a global impact in the midst of active investigations,” and that “the days of thinking only about the secrecy of the investigation within each individual jurisdiction are over.”

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