Deadline Passes, Victor Chandler Detainees Still Jailed

18 June 2008

The 15 staff members from a Victor Chandler International support center are still being held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The detainees, men and women aged 18 to 25, were arrested Friday, June 13.

"As far as we know, the decision is still pending on whether to release them (detainees), or whether to charge them," Stuart Skinner, a spokesman for Victor Chandler International, told Interactive Gaming News on Wednesday. "We're just sitting tight until we're told what's happening there."

On Monday, Phil Hall, whose London company, Phil Hall Associates, handles public relations for Victor Chandler International, told IGN the deadline for the detainees to be charged or bailed was midnight Tuesday, local time -- or 4 p.m., Greenwich Mean Time.

"As far as we know, that decision is pending, and we should hear pretty soon," said Mr. Skinner, an account manager at Phil Hall Associates. "The last thing I've heard is that the decision could be stretched to as late as Friday, but I would've heard if anything had happened."

Victor Chandler International established the Kuala Lumpur operation, an Internet technology and call center, in 2006.

Victor Chandler, a Gibraltar-based online gambling operator chaired by its namesake, does not take wagers from Malaysian residents.

The company remains unsure about what motivated the arrests.

Chris Krafcik is the editor of IGamingNews. He lives in St. Louis, Mo.