Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• On Friday, Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs confirmed that it had re-arrested and detained ‘Dan’ Tan Seet Eng on match-fixing charges. ‘The Minister for Home Affairs has issued a Detention Order in respect of Dan Tan Seet Eng (“Dan Tan“) on 5 December 2015 for his involvement in global soccer match-fixing, pursuant to section 30 of the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act (CLTPA)’, read a statement. ‘The Court of Appeal also ruled that the Detention Order which had been issued on 2 October 2013 against Dan Tan, under the CLTPA, had to be set aside because the grounds stated in the Detention Order were defective […] The new Detention Order which has been issued against Dan Tan, expressly sets out the grounds which show the extent of Dan Tan’s match-fixing activities from and within Singapore, and why this necessitates the issuance of a Detention Order under the CLTPA.’
• The President of the international chess federation (FIDE), Kiran Ilyumzhinov (pictured), has suspended himself after being sanctioned by the US Department of the Treasury for ‘materially assisting and acting for or on behalf of the Government of Syria, Central Bank of Syria, Adib Mayaleh, and Batoul Rida’. A FIDE statement read: ‘Mr. Ilyumzhinov’s decision to withdraw from any legal, financial and business operations of FIDE is to enable him to concentrate on clearing the situation with the US Department of the Treasury’.
• Lawyers acting for UEFA President Michel Platini have welcomed a 23-page memo published in France’s Le Journal du Dimanche which appears to detail a payment agreement between Platini and work he carried out for FIFA between 1998 and 2002. Platini and FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter have both been provisionally suspended by the FIFA Ethics Committee over a 2011 payment, which Platini has said is for work he carried out for FIFA.
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