Mongolian police have confirmed the detention of about 800 Chinese nationals as it launched a massive probe into illegal online gambling and cybercrimes.
The Police have confiscated hundreds of computers and mobile phone SIM cards along with 800 apprehended in the capital Ulaanbaatar.
The arrests followed four systemic raids organized on Tuesday. At a media briefing on Wednesday, Gerel Dorjpalam, the head of the General Intelligence Agency of Mongolia, said that the raids were a result of two months of investigation.
Without getting to the details of the investigation the Intelligence Chief said that it involved illegal gambling, fraud, computer hacking, identity theft, and money laundering.
“As of this moment we suspect they are linked to money laundering,” he said. “We are looking into the matter.”
All of the 800 Chinese citizens in detention came to Mongolia using 30-day tourist visas.
The Chinese Embassy in Ulaanbaatar released a statement in which it promised co-operation with the local police.
“The police department of Mongolia has taken the necessary measures in this case and is currently in the process of investigating,” it said. “China and Mongolia will have open law enforcement and security cooperation, and the two parties will be working closely together on this matter.”
Two weeks ago, police in Kuala Lumpur busted an illegal online gambling ring arresting 17 Chinese nationals.