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China frees tip Crown executive jailed for gambling offences -official (CWN)

SHANGHAI/BEIJING, Aug 12 (Reuters) – China on Saturday freed
one of a final remaining Crown Resorts Ltd executives
jailed for illegally compelling gambling, as a long saga
that forced a Australian casino user to cancel global
expansion skeleton and harm increase nears an end.

Jason O’Connor, conduct of general VIP gambling with the
casino giant, was expelled before 7 a.m., an central told media
outside a apprehension centre in Shanghai.

The Australian was a many comparison of 16 staff incarcerated in
October and jailed by a Shanghai justice in June. His 10-month
sentence ran from a time of his initial apprehension on Oct. 14
last year.

Reuters was not means to endorse his recover with his family
or a Australian government.

O’Connor was taken immediately to a airfield and left the
country, a Australian Financial Review journal said, without
citing sources.

The authorities expelled 10 employees, including Australian
nationals Jerry Xuan and Jane Pan Dan, in July.

Crown, half-owned by billionaire James Packer, had been
trying to attract rich Chinese to a casinos located outside
China, where gambling is illegal, solely for Macao.

But a box stirred Crown, a world’s biggest listed
casino association outward China, to shelter from global
expansion skeleton and sell off a Macao assets, and instead shift
its concentration behind home.
(Reporting by Xihao Jiang in SHANGHAI, Shu Zhang and Josephine
Mason in BEIJING; additional stating by Ben Cooper in SYDNEY;
writing by Josephine Mason)

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