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Task force sets sights on suspected match fixers abroad

  • Dicky Christanto Wulandaru

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 19 2020   /  12:35 am

The National Police’s antimatch-fixing task force is planning to target suspected gamblers from abroad for their role in manipulating local sports matches, law enforcement experts have said, raising concerns that the move could be counterproductive.“One solid fact is that even though gambling is considered a crime here, it may not be in other countries,” Insp. Gen. (ret) Benny Mamoto, a police expert from the University of Indonesia (UI), told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. “So, we can’t expect much in terms of [police] cooperation if we decide to go after match-fixers from abroad. We need to tread carefully.”Even if these suspects were brought to Indonesia and found guilty, they would likely be given a small sentence, he said. The maximum punishment for gambling here is four years’ imprisonment.Benny suggested that the National Police build a case against the suspects for ot...