Sat, Nov 12, 10:11am by Staff Writer
Chinese authorities have reportedly released one of the 18 Crown Resorts employees detained last month after a government crackdown on promotion of gambling.
The Australian newspaper is reporting that Jenny Jiang, a Chinese national, has been released on bail.
The decision to allow the executive assistant free on bill is expected to pave the way for as many as 10 of those detained to be released in the coming days.
Crown Resorts have confirmed that one of its employees, which is described as junior, had been freed on bail.
The 33-year-old was said to have worked for Crown as an executive assistant in Shanghai for about five years. She is married to an American.
There is no word on the fate of the three Australians who were detained as part of the nationwide raids which prompted international headlines and initially caused a 12 per cent crash in Crown’s share price.
Senior Crown executive Jason O’Conner is among those detained for what the Chinese authorities have only described as ‘gambling crimes’.
However, it has since emerged that China is unhappy with marketing activities to Chinese nationals by western casinos.
The Chinese VIP market is massive for Crown, which is currently constructing a third Australian casino in Sydney as a VIP only venue.
It is illegal to promote gambling within China, although it is not illegal to promote tourism to the resorts attached to gambling venues.
Casino gambling in China is only permitted in the former Portuguese colony of Macau.
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