10 out 16 employees were set free

China releases Crown staff sentenced for gambling offenses

A Chinese court jailed 16 of the employees including three Australians for nine to 10 months.

China 
| 12/07/2017

Four employees, including Australian national Jerry Xuan, were reportedly released from a Shanghai detention facility, while 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 relative of one defendant who was released told Reuters on condition of anonymity that "everything went OK."

"We want to see what the company does next ... and how it treats those involved," the relative said.

Crown's head of international VIP gambling, Jason O'Connor, would be released on Aug. 12 along with three other employees, the relative said citing a court copy of the verdict.

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed that two Australians were released on Wednesday.

Yogonet.com/reuters.com

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