|After a brief appearance in the Amsterdam District Court Wednesday afternoon, during which his legal team told an extradition hearing they would not fight his transfer to France on a warrant of arrest issued in June this year at the behest of French gambling monopolies, Unibet CEO Petter Nylander was released to the more comfortable surroundings of a local hotel after agreeing to remain in the Netherlands.|
As reported here yesterday, Dutch police served a European warrant issued by the French judge on Nylander as he arrived at Amsterdam’s Schipol airport. The warrant was based on 19th Century French protectionist laws with the arrest creating international furore that included criticism from the European Commission.
The incident has caused red faces in a French Government currently trying to negotiate a rapprochement on online gambling with European Union officials with the Budget Ministry stating that it regretted the timing of Nylander’s arrest and hoped that Française Des Jeux, the French lottery monopoly, and PMU, the monopoly that governs betting on horses, would drop their original complaints that had started the case against Unibet.
'We just want this circus to end as soon as possible,' said Ewout Keuleers, the Belgian lawyer for Nylander.
'It is disproportionate to try to enforce a criminal case against Mr Nylander.'
“We are doing nothing illegal because we have a licence for Britain,” said Nylander before his arrest.
“According to the European rules, if you have a licence for one member state you are authorised to use it in the others.”