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Court Orders Online Gambling Sites To Bar Dutch Users

by Ulrika Lomas, for LawAndTax-News.com, Brussels

08 July 2003


Ruling last week, a Dutch Court ordered online gambling websites located in the Netherland Antilles, Canada, Antigua, Venezuela, Belize, Haiti and Costa Rica to bar Dutch visitors from accessing their services.

According to reports, the case was brought by the country's national lottery operator, De Lotto, which argued that it is the only party licensed to offer gambling services to the Dutch public, and that as the sites can be accessed directly in the Netherlands, they should be considered to be operating there illegally.

In a preliminary ruling, the court ordered that 21 online gambling sites must refuse to allow access to Dutch internet users. However, according to a report from the Financial Times, some 40 companies have been called before it, and a further 42 internet betting sites are being eyed by De Lotto.

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