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China to Keep Illegal Gambling Money

25 February 2005

CHINA – As reported by the China Daily: "The Supreme People's Court (SPC) pledged Friday to show no mercy in punishing gamblers and preventing gambling by depriving gamblers of all their illegal gains.

"'Heavy fines will be given to these offenders to deprive them of all their illegal gains from gambling,' said Gao Jinghong, a SPC judge. The maximum Chinese prison term for gambling is three years.

"The SPC, the Supreme People's Procuratorate and the Ministry of Public Security are jointly investigating 22 gambling cases, including 13 online gambling cases, two cases involving Party and government officials and state-owned organization chiefs, and two cases in which Chinese citizens who gambled in foreign casinos.

"China's anti-gambling campaign had by January broken up more than 1,900 gambling cases and forced more than 80 casinos and small gambling houses in the neighboring countries out of business…"

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