Online Casino Boss Freed By Judge
By Andrew B
Ex-Sportingbet chairman, Peter Dicks, has been cleared to return to the UK after New York judge refused to sign a warrant that would have allowed his extradition to Louisiana to face internet gambling charges.

The decision, at a criminal court in the borough of Queens, will come as a relief to the 58 other internet gambling executives with outstanding warrants against them issued by the State of Louisiana.

A spokeswoman for Governor George Pataki said that state law permitted extradition only if the accused person was physically present in the place where he is accused of breaking the law. 'The governor does support the effort to restrict illegal offshore gaming but he does not have the legal authority to extradite Mr Dicks,' she said.

Dicks was arrested Sept. 6 at New York John F. Kennedy International Airport and faces charges of illegal gambling by computer.

He was the second British internet gambling executive to be arrested in America, after the detention in July in Texas of David Carruthers, the chief executive of BetOnSports who was indicted by the Department of Justice on charges including racketeering.

Mr Carruthers was sacked by BetOnSports and remains under house arrest in St Louis, Missouri.

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