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Jamaican Online Gambling Case Dismissed

14 Nov 2005

JAMAICA – As reported by the Jamaica Observer: "Spiros Athanas, whose Montego Bay based Internet gambling company was shutdown last year for breaches of the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission Act, is now free to resume betting as long as he does not take local bets.

"The BGLC's case against Athanas collapsed and all eight charges were dismissed after the prosecution's main witness Michael Surridge failed to give testimony.

"The BGLC had shutdown Athanas' Montego Bay Free Zone-based operation in 2004, alleging that he was taking bets illegally via the Internet and international toll-free telephone calls.

"…The company was initially granted a licence to operate a telemarketing business from the free zone, but branched out into gambling, taking bets from around the world, including Jamaica. Winnings had to be sent abroad…"

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