Last Tuesday, the Wangduephodrang dzongkhag court sentenced five men to almost one year for gambling.

According to the Penal Code of Bhutan, gambling is graded petty misdemeanor for which the prison term ranges from one month to a maximum of less than one year.

The judgment passed on May 5 sentenced the men to 11 months and 29 days imprisonment.

According to the judgment, the men not only engaged in gambling but also violated the government’s social distancing restrictions amid Covid-19 pandemic.

The men aged between 30 and 40 were arrested from Bajo town on March 31.