Seventeen foreign nationals and permanent residents were arrested on January 6 for suspected involvement in illegal gambling in a house in Tungku, Kampong Mata-Mata Gadong, the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) said.
The people, aged 17 to 56, were arrested during a 11pm raid by a team from the RBPF's Anti-Vice and Gambling Suppression Division, along with the CID (CID) Burglary and Car Theft Investigation Division.
During the raid, the suspects – 13 men and four women – made an unsuccessful attempt to escape arrest.
Police said that Xoc Dia gambling with bets was believed to have taken place in the living room of the house.
The suspects and the items used for the gambling activities have been taken to the criminal investigation department for further investigation under Chapter 28 of the Common Gaming Houses Act.
In its statement, the RBPF reiterated the need to eradicate illegal gambling operations due to its negative social impact.
Player caught in the act. PHOTO: RBPF