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German Crackdown Raises the Stakes for Internet Gambling

26 Sep 2006

LONDON, England AND GERMANY -- As reported by The Business: "British executives of online gambling companies could be arrested on criminal charges in Germany if they set foot in the country.

"Officials from the interior ministries of the German states of Hesse and Bavaria told The Business that executives of foreign companies who let German residents place sports bets online are committing 'criminal' acts that could lead to prosecution in Germany.

"Germany's threat to foreign managers follows the recent arrests in the US and France of executives from offshore gambling firms.

"...Attempting to enforce their monopoly on sports gambling, Hesse, Bavaria and Saxony ordered Austrian online betting company Bwin to stop advertising and offering betting services in their states..."

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