The Central Java Police have arrested 1,041 gambling suspects in various areas of the province this year. Central Java Police general crimes director Sr. Comr. Gagas Nugraha said in Semarang on Wednesday that the gamblers had been arrested in 931 separate cases.
"Most of the gamblers have been tried in court," said Gagas.
Gambling, which is widespread in Central Java, includes dice, football betting, togel (illegal lotteries) and online gambling. "The most extensive is Singapore togel. We very much hope the community takes part in stamping out gambling," said Gagas.
Gambling suspects can be charged under article 302 of the Criminal Code on gambling and can face a maximum sentence of 32 months in prison.
"We will not be selective in taking action against gamblers, regardless of who they are, including wholesalers, retailers and bookies," said Gagas.
Police have also seized evidence in the form of cash totaling hundreds of millions of rupiah (tens of thousands of US dollars) which will be placed in state coffers.