Former Taiwanese prosecutor Chen Yu-chen confessed in court to charges of accepting $800,000 in monthly bribes from the operator of an illegal video gambling parlor in suburban Taipei for help in suppressing investigations between 2000 and 2006. Chen said she was not motivated by the money because her mother and the mother of businessmen Shih Yung-hua were friends. Chen faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. Shih was also indicted in March.
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Singapore police have busted at least two illegal gambling operations in the past week, while across Asia authorities have moved to stamp out illicit activities, from raids on premier league matches in India, to illegal number forecasting in Malaysia.
The Puducherry union territory government has urged the union government to ban online gaming platforms and mobile apps, describing it as a necessity to protect the mental health of vulnerable people.