Crown Resorts China employees released from jail

Six others remain incarcerated for gambling-related offences and will be released in the coming months.

Ten employees from Australian casino chain Crown Resorts in China have been released from a local jail.

They included Australian citizens Jerry Xuan and Pan Dan, who have served nine months in prison since their arrest in October last year.

The ten, along with six others still incarcerated, were convicted on June 26 for illegally promoting its casinos to high net worth individuals across China.

Another Australian, Jason O’Connor, the casino’s head of international VIP gambling, is expected to be released next month after he completes his 10-month sentence.

In total, sixteen current and former casino staff in total were sentenced to between nine and ten months’ jail, and fined a combined S$1.75 million for promoting gambling.

Crown Resorts had said in a statement following the conclusion of the case that it would pay for the total fine amount.

The company added in the statement that it accepts the court’s decision, but declined to say more. 

"Crown remains respectful of the sovereign jurisdiction of the People's Republic of China and does not intend to comment further at this time," it said after the conclusion of the hearings.

Crown Resorts did not respond to further queries from HRM Asia regarding the sentencings.

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