Antigua and Barbuda & US Continue Legal BattleBy Joni Hawk, Oct 31st 2007
With the United States releasing and putting into practice its policy of banning online gambling; the UK taking actions to legalize the gambling industry; France arresting online gambling companies' directors; and other movements pro and con i-gaming around the world, Antigua and Barbuda are taking the lead an essential gambling stage.
Antigua and Barbuda have remove the freeze on BetOnSports' possessions in the country, consenting that the British sports book business to pay off a few of its creditors. On May 24 of this year, BetOnSports pleaded guilty to a racketeering conspiracy charge and the US court excluded the removal of any of the company's finances. At the same date, the sports book company agreed at the St Louis federal court to provide evidence against its founder, Gary Kaplan, and 11 co-defendants. Gary Kaplan was refused bail while waiting to be judged. One of the reasons for the refusal was the fact that in the past he was already judged for having fled a US government indictment for illegal Internet betting.
But the small Caribbean nation's role in the progress of online gambling does not end here. Besides the fact that they were involved in the case between the US and the British sports book company, they have taken on the US directly, through the channels of the WTO, as one of the WTO members.
Antigua and Barbuda sued the US for compensation for having shut down offshore online gambling sites, the nation considering the action to be unfair trade action. An agreement was believed to be reached earlier this week. However, the case between the two countries remains in the midst of a legal battle as it has been rescheduled for December 14, 2007.
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