Assisting is Not Arresting
So Dan Tan is now helping authorities with the investigation.
A press release from the Singaporean Police announced a few hours ago,
“Dan Tan Seet Eng, a Singaporean who has been named in reports so far, is currently assisting Singapore authorities in their investigations.”
Fair play. This is a good start. Months late. But fair enough someone in Singapore, after immense international pressure, has stepped up to the mark and started a process that should have been done a long time ago.
Here then are a few questions and background notes for Singaporean authorities:
1) Why have you not arrested him? [There is enough evidence from Italy, to arrest this suspect, rather than extradite him, particularly as many of his actions were alleged to have taken place in Singapore]
2) Have you searched his home? [This is where the physical evidence that may lead to other suspects is found].
3) Have you taken away his computer, mobile phone? [See above].
4) Why has it taken you so long to approach him? [See all of my previous blogs]
5) What concrete steps will Singaporean authorities do to demonstrate that they can be trusted? [Given your spotty record on arresting well-wanted match-fixing suspects, why would any credible policeman trust you with confidential information? Interpol now has four Singaporean police officers helping with their match-fixing unit. Few serious European police officers will trust them, how are they going to change that situation?]
6) Is this all stage-managed? If not, why did you wait for the AFC/Interpol Match-Fixing Conference to announce the arrests of suspects? Was it all coincidence or was the timing suspiciously close to when the world’s media would be paying attention?