Aussie Crown Resorts staff detained in China, formally charged

James Packer’s Crown Resorts staff, being held in China, have finally been charged.

The group, which includes three Australians, face an allegation of promotion of gambling offences.

Crown Resorts Limited posted a statement on its page advising that all its detained employees in
China as well as those employees released on bail have now been charged with offences related to the
promotion of gambling.


Their cases have been referred to the Baoshan District Court.  Crown Resorts also gave the usual line that “as the matter is now before the court, no further comments will be made”.

The Australian reports Chinese authorities are pursuing lower level charges around the promotion of gambling, rather than more serious offences involving money laundering.

The group was arrested in October, casino companies in Australia and New Zealand reported declines in their VIP businesses, an indication the incident had kept some foreign customers away from their operations.