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Dutch man’s home search as part of international operation against illegal betting

By Angelos Anastasiou

Police searched the house of a Dutch man in Yermasoyia, Limassol, on suspicion of participating in an international illegal betting ring, police spokesman Andreas Angelides said on Tuesday.

Following the man’s arrest in the Netherlands on Monday, Angelides said, the Dutch authorities requested legal assistance from Cyprus police, and a court order was issued for the search of his property.

Similar search operations are taking place in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany and Austria.

Angelides told reporters that the operation related to suspicions that the man was involved in illegal betting.

The suspect’s home was searched by Limassol CID in the presence of representatives of the Yermasoyia municipality, as well as two Dutch investigators.

According to Angelides, evidence found and collected during the search included two computers, two external hard drives, a computer tower, €6,790 in cash, and several documents.

On the request of the Dutch authorities, two cars were also confiscated as evidence, as they are thought to have been bought with proceeds from criminal activities.

“There has been cooperation with foreign authorities, and it is important that the operations in Cyprus and other countries took place simultaneously with the man’s arrest in the Netherlands, while his wife was also taken for questioning, and that Interpol was notified of the search findings and evidence collected,” said Angelides.

He also said that Limassol CID officers had visited the Netherlands a few days before the operation to coordinate with the lead investigators.

“The Dutch authorities are investigating the possibility that this individual is part of a group involved in illegal betting in various countries,” Angelides said.

“With this in mind, our cooperation is a given and we continue to offer any support we can to the Dutch authorities.”

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