Filipino denies gambling in a gambling establishment
Kowloon City Courts

A Filipino bartender pleaded not guilty Thursday to gambling in a gambling
establishment, which is outlawed by the Gambling Ordinance, setting the stage for
a trial that will begin on June 21 at the Kowloon City Courts.

Mark Jordan Abella, 36 years old, was arrested with nine
others during a raid by anti-triad police officers on an establishment
at Nanking St., Yau Ma Tei, last Jan. 26.

After the charges were read to him in front of Acting Principal
Magistrate Ko Wai-hung, Abella was released on bail of $1,000.

Also charged in the same case was Abdul Atiq Rahman, a 40-year-old
Pakistani who was accused of managing a gambling establishment, and eight
Chinese who faced the same charge as Abella.

Under Hong Kong law, gambling is outlawed.

Managing a gambling establishment is punishable by penalties
whose maximums range from a fine of $5,000,000 and to two years in prison on
summary conviction, to a fine of $5,000,000 and imprisonment for seven years on
conviction on indictment.

Gambling in a gambling establishment, on the other hand, is
punishable with a fine of up to $10,000 and imprisonment for 3 months on first
conviction; fine of up to $25,000 and imprisonment for 6 months on second
conviction and fine of up to $50,000 and imprisonment of up to nine months on
third or subsequent conviction.

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