Alleged baccarat cheater allowed to leave


A court allowed Laotian businessman Sengmanivong Soum, charged with participating in a ring that allegedly cheated the Marina Bay Sands casino of S$1.2 million ($957,000), to return to his country for about three weeks on the posting of S$2 million bail. Soum was arrested with 13 Thais last month who allegedly colluded at baccarat. Prosecutors argued Soum should not be allowed to leave the country as he has no ties to Singapore and authorities are still seeking other suspects in the case. But Soum’s lawyers said a trial hearing would probably not be held until late in the year at the soonest.

Separately, police arrested two men and a woman and seized 18 computers in a raid on an illegal gambling den in a Geylang condominium. One of the men is believed to have been the operator.