Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has revealed that 21 people, including six staff members of Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC), have been arrested for alleged corruption in relation to an illegal bookmaking ring operating in Hong Kong.
According to an ICAC statement, police launched an operation codenamed “Iron Triangle” on Saturday which saw them raid a residential premises in Tsuen Wan out of which the illegal bookmaking syndicate was said to be operating.
The 21 people arrested include two assistant trainers and four stable staff of HKJC plus 15 people involved in “corrupt and illegal bookmaking activities.” All are accused of providing privileged information to facilitate illegal bookmaking and control of race horses.
“The HKJC has rendered full assistance to the ICAC during its operation,” the ICAC said. “The ICAC and the HKJC do not tolerate any corrupt activities. The two organizations will continue to liaise and cooperate closely to combat related crimes and keep horse racing in Hong Kong clean.”
In a statement of its own, HKJC said that while it can’t comment on ongoing investigations, “the club would like to emphasize that upholding uncompromising integrity has always been the core value of the club.
“It has zero tolerance for any illegal acts or activities of its employees. The club has and will continue to work closely with ICAC in its investigations.”