SINGAPORE - Another name has emerged following last week’s arrest of 14 persons in Singapore in connection with global football match-fixing activities.
Well-placed sources told The New Paper recently that Anthony Santia Raj was one of those picked up in the joint raid by the police and Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau.
Yet, it remains unclear if the Singaporean is among the five men being held under the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act.
British match fixing investigator Terry Steans, who had been tracking Santia Raj since early 2011, said his arrest “is only the beginning”.
Mr Steans, 58, a former global investigation coordinator for world football governing body Fifa, said Santia Raj had been active in South and Central America, Africa and the Middle East.
Mr Steans, who now works for SI Sports Intelligence, said: “He is very efficient and a capable operator with good contacts globally, and has easily filled the gap left by Wilson (Raj Perumal).”
Although Santia Raj, who is in his 30s, had been previously named in the overseas probes, he had remained a free man in Singapore until last week.
In March, Santia Raj, who drives a black luxury car, was among a handful of men questioned by the Singapore authorities.
In February, Europol had announced that Singapore- based syndicates had been linked to about 300 football matches globally.
Santia Raj had been seen on a few occasions reporting at the Cantonment Police Complex.
On Thursday, TNP visited his flat in Sembawang.
Sources close to Santia Raj said he had “gone missing” since last week and had not replied to calls made to his mobile phone.
Except for a dog barking from behind the door, no one appeared to be home.
We saw two surveillance cameras outside the flat.