Interpol chief hits back at writer who alleges Dan Tan was protected in S'pore

Interpol chief hits back at writer who alleges Dan Tan was protected in S'pore
Declan Hill.

Untouchable. This was what one foreign journalist has called Dan Tan Seet Eng, the alleged mastermind of a football match-fixing ring.

The Canadian author and investigative journalist, Mr Declan Hill, claimed in a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) radio interview on Friday that Singapore authorities had "tolerated" match-fixing activities and were protecting the 48-year-old.

Tan, who is wanted in Italy and Hungary, was arrested with 13 others, including two women, by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) last Tuesday.

The police have refuted Mr Hill's allegations, calling them "false" and "baseless".

They said in a statement on Monday: "The Singapore authorities reject these serious allegations which are false and have cast negative aspersions on the high standing and integrity of our enforcement and judiciary system.

"Should the BBC or its interviewees have evidence that substantiate any of the allegations made against the Singapore authorities, or on match-fixing syndicates in Singapore, we advise that you contact us immediately to share such evidence so that action can be taken."

A high-ranking official in Interpol said on Monday that such criticism was unfair, as the recent arrests by local police to fight match-fixing showed that no one is above the law.

Interpol secretary-general Ronald K. Noble told reporters: "Mr Declan Hill, he wrote a great book exposing the problems of match-fixing...

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