China releases first Crown Resorts staff jailed for gambling crimes

12 July 2017

China released 10 employees of Australian casino operator Crown Resorts Ltd on Wednesday. They were detained in October and sentenced in June for gambling crimes. Four employees emerged from a Shanghai detention facility accompanied by family members and security officials. They left immediately in cars without speaking to media. Another six were released from a second facility in the city.  Nineteen employees were detained as Crown was trying to attract high-spending Chinese to its casinos outside of China, where gambling is illegal except in the territory of Macau. A court jailed 16 of the employees including three Australians.