Chinese investigators hand Crown dockets over to prosecutors

News on 3 May 2017

Early reports from China are that the dockets for 18 Crown Resorts employees – including three Australian nationals from the company’s VIP marketing team – have been delivered to the district prosecutor in Shanghai’s Baoshan District People’s Procurate.

The Crown employees, swept up in an anti-illegal gambling operation over six months ago by Chinese authorities, remain in detention.

According to Chinese judicial observers, there are two positive aspects to the delivery of the dockets for prosecution:

* It indicates that investigations are complete and the matter may now go to trial and hopefully finalisation.

* The fact that the case has been assigned to a district level court is possibly an indication that criminal charges may be limited or less severe from a punishment angle.

Earlier this year the Daily Telegraph newspaper in Australia published an article that claims to show how the “whales” marketing in China was carried out – it’s an interesting read, although Crown has not commented.

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