Gambling firm chief arrested at Schiphol

The director of online gambling company Unibet was arrested at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport on Monday on the request of the French authorities.

The arrest of Petter Nylander is connected to allegations that Unibet has broken gambling laws which protect French monopolies.
Unibet is also under fire in the Netherlands which regards Unibet’s online betting as illegal because all gambling in the country must be in the hands of state owned companies.
The Financieele Dagblad reports that a court in Utrecht ordered Unibet to stop all its activities in the Netherlands at the beginning of October. The company must pay €100,000 to state-owned gambling firm De Lotto for every day it continues to operate, the court said.
The European Commission is currently investigating the Dutch gambling monopoly and has already threatened to sue France, Sweden and Greece for banning foreign companies from the gambling market.

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