GEORGE TOWN (Jan 14): A total of 23 individuals including 12 minors and four women were charged in the Magistrate's Court here on Friday (Jan 14) with promoting online gambling last week.
The accused aged between 16 and 32, however, claimed trial after the charges were read out to them before Magistrate Rosnee Mohd Radzuan.
Ten of the accused were charged with committing the offence at a condominium in Persiaran Gurney at about 5.20pm on Jan 7, while 13 others were charged with committing the same offence at a condominium in Jalan Kelawai at 6.45pm on the same day.
They were charged under Section 4 (1) (g) of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953, read together with Section 34 of the Penal Code, which provides for a minimum fine of RM5,000 and a maximum of RM50,000 and imprisonment for a maximum of three years, and a minimum fine of RM5,000 and a maximum of RM50,000 for each gambling machine seized, if convicted.
Rosnee allowed the accused bail of RM9,000 with one surety each and set March 7 for remention.
The media had earlier reported the arrest of 23 individuals believed to be involved with an online gambling syndicate in two luxury condominiums here, which lured customers through social media.