Alleged founder of illegal casino worth billions sent back to China

By David Cook
A man suspected of running an illegal online gambling site using capital of 400 billion yuan (£43.86bn) has been transferred to China by Vietnamese police.

China Daily reported the news, and that it is part of Joint Operation Two on Capturing Escaped Suspects formed by China and Vietnam’s public security ministries.

The only known details of the suspect’s name is that the man’s surname is Zhou, who was born in 1969 in Wenzhou, Zheijang province.

Zhou is alleged to have operated an illegal online casino, which was set up in 2011 using capital of 400 billion yuan and made a profit of 580 million yuan.

Hanoi Police Department arrested Zhou at a restaurant in the city in March.

That followed INTERPOL issuing a red notice for Zhou in 2014 after he fled abroad and the Chinese Ministry of Public Security sent a request to arrest Zhou to Vietnam last year.

Zhao Wanpeng, a Chinese police counsellor in Vietnam, said: “Arresting escaped suspects is a cooperation area between the two sides.

“I believe that with the efforts of both sides’ police forces, this year, the results of the cooperation will be better than last year.”

This is the second stage of operations after 47 escaped suspects were arrested in connection with Joint Operation One on Capturing Escaped Suspects between the same countries from November 2014 to July 2015.

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