3 Australian Crown Resorts employees sentenced

SHANGHAI (AP) — The Latest on the criminal trial of Australian and Chinese casino workers in a Chinese court (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

An Australian official says Australian and Chinese employees of a casino company have pleaded guilty to charges relating to gambling in a Chinese court and that the three Australians have been sentenced to nine and 10 months’ imprisonment.

The 19 employees of Australia’s Crown Resorts Ltd. stood trial at a court in Shanghai on Monday.

Australian Consul General in Shanghai Graeme Meehan says Jason O’Connor, the head of Australia’s Crown Resorts international VIP programs, was sentenced to 10 months in prison. He says Jerry Xuan and Jenny Pan received sentences of nine months’ imprisonment.

Meehan said outside court that the sentences start from the date they were detained, which was Oct. 14.

Casino gambling and the promoting of gambling are illegal in mainland China.

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