Alleged match-fixer re-arrested by police for investigations

Alleged match-fixer, Dan Tan Seet Eng was re-arrested by the Singapore police on Tuesday night after being released from his detention without trial last week.

Singapore’s apex court, the Court of Appeal had earlier judged that Tan’s detention under the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act (CLTPA)* was “unlawful” and Tan was released on the spot.

On 23 May 2013, Hungarian prosecutors indicted Tan in absentia, along with 44 others following a four-year investigation into match-fixing. The indictment specified the rigging of 32 games in Hungary, Italy, and Finland.

Tan was subsequently arrested along with 13 other individuals during an islandwide raid in September that year and detained for two years by the police since October 2013 under the CLTPA with instructions by then Home Minister, Teo Chee Hean.

It was reported that the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon said in his delivery of the judgement that the court was unable to see how the grounds put forward for Tan’s detention can be said to fall within the scope of the circumstances in which the power to detain under the Act may be exercised by the Minister.

“While… these acts are reprehensible and should not be condoned, there is nothing to suggest whether, or how, these activities could be thought to have a bearing on the public safety, peace and good order within Singapore,” said the Chief Justice. “The matches fixed, whether or not successfully, all took place beyond our shores.”

The Ministry of Home Affairs’ statement after the release of Tan last week wrote, “We will carefully consider what needs ot be done in the current situation. The Ministry of Home Affairs will study the judgement carefully and assess further steps.”

On 30 November, the newly appointed Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam defended the use of the CLTPA in Tan’s case, saying his detention had been “on good grounds”.

Police declined to reveal more about his re-arrest to the media apart from releasing a statement at 9.45pm which read: “The police confirmed that they have arrested Dan Tan on Dec 1 for investigations into suspected involvement in criminal activities. Investigations are ongoing.”

*The Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act allows the Minister of Home Affairs to order the detention of suspected criminals without trial. The orders are up to a year and reviewed annually.