Interpol: 1,400 people arrested and EUR 6.7 million seized during EURO 2020

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A global Interpol operation against illegal betting and money laundering during EURO 2020 has arrested 1,400 people and seized 6.7 million euros, the Lyon-based European criminal police said today.

The operation codenamed SOGA (from soccer gambling – sports betting) was conducted in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, Great Britain, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam.

Thousands of raids were reported on the Asian and European continents, seizing computers and mobile phones linked to about 394m euros “invested” in betting.

In Hong Kong alone, 800 people were arrested and 2.3 million euros seized, while in Italy 283 betting shops were raided and fined a total of 1.3 million euros for illegal betting.

This is the eighth edition of Operation SOGA, in which 19,000 people have been imprisoned, 83 million euros seized and more than 4,000 bookmakers closed worldwide. (MIA)