Governments Debate Amnesty Deal
By Staff
The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has announced that it has asked officials in the United States to grant amnesty to operators of online casinos based on the Caribbean island so that they may enter and exit the US.

Most online gaming operators fear travelling to or through the United States after a series of high-profile arrests and the initialisation of Internet gambling prohibitions.

'We believe this matter can be settled in an amicable way because we enjoy an excellent relationship with the United States,' said Errol Cort, Finance Minister for the small nation.

On such operator is the founder of Calvin Ayre who has not travelled to the US for over a year and stated that he is beginning to miss it.

'It's the first time I actually really wanted to come back,' said Ayre.

Assuming the US allows operators residing in Antigua to move about the United States freely, there are still concerns regarding states such as Louisiana that have filed at least a dozen sealed arrest warrants against online gambling executives. There is also the long standing case of World Sports Exchange owners Steve Shillinger and Hayden Ware, who remain fugitives in Antigua after being indicted for violations of the 1962 Wire Act in 1998.

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