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EU court reaffirms Sweden's right to ban online gambling

9 Jul 2010

LUXEMBOURG -- EU countries have the right to ban online gambling The European Union Court of Justice ruled yesterday, Reuters reported.

The Swedish case before the court concerned newspapers running ads for foreign bookmakers, the Reuters report said.

Sweden had prosecuted on the basis of violating the countries lottery laws, the individuals then appealed the prosecution and the ECJ was consulted, Reuters said.

ECJ found in favour of the right of countries to ban online gambling being consistent with "community law", but would not allow countries, such as Sweden, to impose what it termed "discriminatory penalties", Reuters explained.

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