83% of Bangladesh public opposes casino legalization
Legal casinos won’t be coming to Bangladesh anytime soon, at least, not if the general public has any say in the matter.
Authorities in Bangladesh will continue to pursue their casino crackdown. This began last with raids on dozens of unauthorized gambling operations nestled inside sporting clubs, of which most of them were in the capital Dhaka. Most of them were controlled by the youth league of the Awami League ruling party.
This week, the nation’s Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) announced that 20 individuals suspected of deriving significant wealth from illegal gambling operations had been identified. The chairman of Anti-Corruption Commission Iqbal Mahmud announced that the authorities were probing the assets of the suspects and that no one will be an exemption from prosecution, not regarding any of their political position or office.
Due to this crackdown, some high-profile political personnel has been arrested. This weekend, Ismail Chowdhury Samrat, the president of Dhakka South Jubo League, alongside the vice-president Enamul Hoque Arman, was arrested. They were suspected of being behind the illegal casino food chain. It was Samrat’s wife that told the media that, while she was ignorant of the illegal gambling operations, her husband has only affection for gambling and nothing else.
Bangladesh is a majority of a Muslim country, and a new Research International poll found out that 97% of respondents have supported the government’s casino crackdown. Cynicism abounds, as 58% of respondents said they believe the leaders of all Bangladesh political parties were all involved in the illegal gambling operations, and another 34% believe they were indirectly involved.
The pool as well noticed that 83% of the public oppose the legalization of casinos in the country. Some of the government officials gave a proposal on setting up designated four casino zones in which foreign passport holders would be able to gamble. Still, other government officials have stated that such an idea would be an insult to the nation’s religious sensibilities.
The online casino kingpin that was arrested last week while trying to board a flight to Bangkok was denied bail this week and sent to six months imprisonment. Salim Prodhan operated a gambling business online, which is known as T21 and P24 Gaming, with the help of a North Korean national that he met in Thailand.
Unlike most individuals that have been arrested, Prodhan has not been charged with illegal gambling. It was due to that he lacks the appropriate language in the country’s archaic 152-year-old gaming ban. But those arrested have been hit with alcohol, narcotics and weapons charges, and at least one case of violating the Wildlife Conservation Act.