Slovenian match-fixing suspect detained in Milan

Thu Feb 21, 2013 1:34pm EST
 

By Emilio Parodi and Francesca Landini

MILAN (Reuters) - Italian police arrested a fugitive associate of alleged soccer matchfixing kingpin Tan Seet Eng on Thursday after he flew in from Singapore to hand himself over, they said in a statement.

The man, identified as 31-year-old Slovenian Admir Suljic, arrived at Milan's Malpensa airport in the early hours to find police waiting for him after a tip-off by Singapore authorities.

Police said in a statement that Suljic, who is accused in Italy of "criminal association aimed at sporting fraud", had bought a one-way ticket with the intention of surrendering to them.

He is considered a "key element" in Italy's 'Last Bet' probe into match-fixing between 2009 and 2011.

Police said Suljic would be taken to a prison in the city of Cremona.

"His direct involvement in the international criminal group, made of Singapore nationals and people from the Balkans, has emerged from the investigation," the police statement said.

Italian prosecutors have accused Tan, also known as Dan Tan, of heading an organisation to fix soccer matches worldwide and Italian police have issued an arrest warrant for him.

Singapore says Tan is not wanted there, but it is working with European authorities looking into the syndicate.   Continued...

 
Secretary General of INTERPOL Ronald Noble speaks to the media during the "Match Fixing: The Ugly Side of the Beautiful Game" conference co-hosted by INTERPOL and FIFA, in Kuala Lumpur February 21, 2013. REUTERS/Samsul Said