|A solicitor in the Antiguan trade sanctions case has announced that outdated impressions of online gambling by some in the US Department of Justice (DoJ) are behind America’s stance.|
The case was brought against the US in 2003 and lead council for the plaintiffs, Mark Mendel from Texas-based solicitors Mendel-Blumenfeld, also said that the position taken by the DoJ has been detrimental to the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
“What I have finally concluded is that this case is almost 100 percent about the DoJ,” said Mendel. “One or more DoJ members have been present at almost every meeting we have held with the United States over the past four years, at almost every WTO session, their footprint is big in this case.”
Mendel said that one DoJ representative in the case in particular still speaks as if he is in a 1950s gangster film with mobsters ruling the world and buying politicians.
'This may sound odd but I think that this issue, remote gambling, has been hijacked of sorts by a kind of dated old crowd in the DoJ who are still lost in the days of Bugsy Malone and smoky backrooms when gambling was run by the mob,” Mendel said.
He said that the Internet gambling case with the WTO has been damaging to the continued success of the organization but that, with the European Union (EU) becoming involved, the United States will have no choice but to fold its hand.