|The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has ruled against the US in a heated wrangle over online gambling with the Caribbean island of Antigua and Barbuda. The organisation is expected to find the US guilty of breaking international trade rules.|
Though the ruling hasnít been made public, Reuters has reported that the WTO has found the US guilty of not observing a 2005 order in the case.
Antigua and Barbuda had built up a lucrative online gambling industry to compensate for falling tourist revenue and took the US to the WTO over entry to the American gaming market.
The WTOís dispute resolution panel found in Antigua's favour in 2003. It agreed that foreign bookmakers appeared to face prejudice in relation to the issue of horse race betting across state lines. It then largely rejected an appeal by the US in 2005. The WTO has now concluded that the US hasnít made adequate attempts to stick to that decision.
The WTO has provided both sides with an initial report on its findings. Both parties can submit additional comments before a final report is published in March.