Police Shut Down Hundreds of Gambling Websites

MAY 22, 2015

Jakarta. The National Police are cracking down on online gambling, closing down 360 websites that offered illegal gambling services.

"We are working together with the Communications Ministry in blocking the sites," Brig. Gen. Viktor Simandjuntak, director of the National Police's special crimes unit, said on Friday. "Some of the sites are housed in Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand."

Viktor said the gambling websites were linked to 160 bank accounts in Indonesia that are believed to be used for gambling transactions. Police are coordinating with Indonesia's Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK) to trace down the bank accounts' owners.

Viktor said no suspects had been named in the case yet.

"We will summon the owners of the bank accounts. If no one comes forward to claim responsibility for the bank accounts, the state will confiscate the funds in the accounts in line with Supreme Court rulings," Viktor said.

He added that those who are suspected of involvement in online gambling could face money-laundering charges in addition to gambling charges.