18 caught watching cockfights online
KUCHING: Premises believed to be used for online cockfighting were raided and 18 persons arrested including two China women believed to be caretakers.
Police Criminal Investigation Department chief SAC Dev Kumar said the premises located at RH Plaza, Airport Road were raided by a team led by ASP Shuib Abdul Samat at 8.15pm on Wednesday.
Besides arresting the 18 persons aged between 30 and 45, they also seized gambling props like laptop, TV and cash of around RM3,360.
“During the operation, the people were caught watching cockfights streamed live on TV from overseas. Investigation points to bets having been placed on the outcome of the fights.”
He said the premises were set up by a Kota Samarahan cockfighting centre that had been raided previously, and where 320 persons were nabbed.
“We believe the organiser tried to change the modus operandi by holding it online,” he said.
All items seized and individuals arrested were brought to the State Contingent Police Headquarters for investigation under Section 4B(a) Common Gaming House Act 1953.