|After being arrested 13 days ago by Dutch police serving a French warrant, Petter Nylander, the Chief Executive Officer of Sweden’s Unibet, has been released on bail.|
Detained at Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport for violations against France’s 19th Century gambling monopoly laws, the case has come as an embarrassment to the nation’s Government as it seeks to iron out regulatory proposals on online gaming in-line with European Union law.
After travelling to France to face the judge that issued the warrant, Nylander was released on bail of $288,000 and told that he is to be placed under investigation, which is one step short of being charged, but the case is not likely to lead to a trial.
Upon leaving court in the western Paris suburb of Nanterre, the boss of the Malta-licensed firm stated that Unibet had always obeyed the law.
The European Union seems to agree as it has disputed the legality of French gambling laws that see lottery operator Francaise Des Jeux and horseracing betting group PMU protected by monopoly laws dating back to 1836 and 1891.
France issued the European arrest warrant for Nylander after he failed to respond to a court order in April but this caused controversy with two members of the European Parliament objecting to the use of a European warrant to detain the Swede. They stated that these warrants were designed to arrest people accused of violent crimes rather than those in business disputes.