|The court brought 57 defendants to trial for their alleged involvement in the biggest gambling case in the northern region in many years. — Photo congly
HA NOI (VNS) — Nguyen Ba Tan, a professional gambler, was yesterday sentenced to a combined 54 months' imprisonment for gambling and organising gambling by the People's Court of Ha Noi.
The court brought 57 defendants to trial for their alleged involvement in the biggest gambling case in the northern region in many years.
They were found guilty of gambling offences after the Court heard that at 1pm on March 14, police in Ha Noi's outlying district of Soc Son uncovered a large-scale gambling den in Tan Dan commune, arrested 68 people and seized more than VND600 million (US$28,570).
In addition, 26 handbags containing more than VND500 million ($23,809) were also taken. A gun and ammunition were also reportedly found. The investigation discovered that the gamblers had been meeting from mid-February last year.
The regular event was allegedly organised by Nguyen Van Tu, Le Xuan Huong, Dang Ba Hoa and Nguyen Ba Tan.
The police also searched the house of Tu, who was said to be the mastermind, and seized VND1.3 billion ($61,900), US$7,000, a gun with five bullets and 20 machetes.
Hoa received 24 months jail for helping organise gambling. The police are still hunting Tu and Huong.
Probationary sentences have been handed down to 22 of the defendants, while the remainder will serve prison terms of 15 to 30 months. — VNS