(Original Enactment: Ordinance 30 of 1960)
REVISED EDITION 1985
(30th March 1987)
An Act to suppress common betting-houses, betting in public places and bookmaking.
[20th May 1960]
4. Any person who advances or furnishes money for the purpose of establishing or conducting the business of a common betting-house shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine of not less than $10,000 and not more than $100,000 and shall also be punished with imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years.
14. A Magistrate or a police officer not below the rank of assistant superintendent may himself do what he may under sections 11 and 12 authorise a police officer to do whenever the Magistrate or police officer not below the rank of assistant superintendent is competent to issue a warrant or written authority under those sections respectively and also in any of the following cases:
if any person has, within the preceding 6 months, been convicted of having kept or used as a common betting-house the place proposed to be entered;
if the place proposed to be entered is occupied by a club or society which has not been exempted under section 22 and he has reason to believe that betting or wagering on horse-races, fights, games or sports is frequently carried on there;
if he has personal knowledge of such facts and circumstances as satisfy him that there are sufficient grounds for a search under section 11; or
if he receives the required information orally under such circumstances that the object of the search would in his opinion be defeated by the delay necessary for reducing the information to writing to enable a search warrant or written authority to be issued under section 11(1).
—(1) Whenever two or more persons are charged with any offence under this Act, the Magistrate’s Court or District Court may require one or more of them to give evidence as a witness or witnesses for the prosecution.
(2) Any such person who refuses to be sworn or affirmed or to answer any lawful question, shall be dealt with in the same way as witnesses so refusing may by law be dealt with by a Magistrate’s Court or District Court.
(3) Every person so required to give evidence who, in the opinion of the court, makes true and full discovery of all things as to which he is lawfully examined, shall be entitled to receive a certificate of indemnity under the hand of the Magistrate or Judge, as the case may be, stating that he has made a true and full discovery of all things as to which he was examined, and such certificate shall be a bar to all legal proceedings against him in respect of such things as aforesaid.