Another Twist in Phua Case

Another Twist in Phua Case

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Another twist in the legal case against high stakes players, Paul Phua, means he and his son could get away without being charged according to a report in the South China Morning Post.

According to Phua's lawyer, the FBI officers who took him into custody did not read him or his son, Darren, their rights before or after arresting them.

Phua was arrested back in July for allegedly running a World Cup betting ring worth hundreds of millions of dollars from a suite inside Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. Following a tipoff and an undercover raid, Phua and his associates were taken into custody and charged with illegal betting.

However, in a statement written after his arrest, Phua explained that the FBI agents failed to read him his rights, which left him unsure whether he could actually question why the raid had taken place:

"The first agent I saw pointed a machine gun at me and shouted, put your f***ing hands up. Everyone in the villa was handcuffed, herded into the dining room, and told to get on our knees and face the wall. At no point did I feel that I was free to stop answering the agents' questions and terminate the interview, nor did I ever feel that I was free to leave."

Although a seemingly minor issue, if Phua wasn't read his rights it could be a breach of his constitutional rights and, therefore, a possible reason he could walk away from the case without any charges.

Tags: Paul Phua, Las Vegas, FBI