Betsson appeal sentence against their betting shop
Betsson has decided to appeal the County Administrative Court’s verdict regarding the betting shop. Betsson believes that the sentence is contrary to EU law. On November 7, 2008 the County Administrative Court in Stockholm dismissed Betsson’s appeal of the Gaming Board’s order and a preliminary ruling from the Court. This despite the fact that prosecutors and civil courts, including Supreme Court and the Svea Court of Appeal, held that the Lottery Act does not apply to individuals and companies until the Swedish gaming monopoly is finally judged by the EU Court.
Appealed the sentence
Betsson claims to have support for their betting store in the EU law, therefore, Betsson has today chosen to appeal.
– An appeal is obvious in view of legal certainty. I believe that the sanctions against Betsson is unlawful. Although the Gaming Board and the County Court are sitting with bad cards, they choose to play high with taxpayers’ money, as the state now might have to pay fines, says CEO Pontus Lindwall.
The store on Götgatan 37 in Stockholm has now been open for six months and the outcome has been good.
– Since we are pleased with the outcome in the shop, we have no plans to shut it down. In addition to gambling, which has increased continuously during the fall the shop gives us an opportunity to meet our players and give them a unique service. We already have a number of regular customers who appreciate being able to play the odds in the store, says Lindwall.
Customers are primarily from the Nordic countries and Europe. Betsson AB is listed on OMX Nordic Exchange in Stockholm, Mid Cap (BETS).