Are the French Turning the European Arrest Warrant into a Political Tool?

With a European arrest warrant issued by a French judge, Petter Nylander on the charge of money laundering and cybercrime, chief executive of Unibet was detained on this Monday at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport.

The arrest followed the commercial complaint made by Française des Jeux running the lottery, and PMU, the national horseracing board. In accordance with it, Unibet is claimed to have breached their monopoly rights to internet gambling in France.

As for the French government, they feel embarrassed by the arrest and they have ordered the case against Unibet’s executive to be dropped down. Moreover, the case has been criticized by Unibet, the European Commission and Swedish politicians. In their opinion, all Unibet’s operations were legal under EU law.

Unibet is asking for the immediate release of its chief executive.

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Mark Newman - was born in 1971 in Pictou, a town located on the beautiful Northumberland Shore of Nova Scotia, Canada. In 1998 he graduated from Acadia University (Nova Scotia, Wolfville) with the Master’s degree in social studies. Mark simply adores his wife and sons. Considers poker to be one of the most exquisite kinds of art and rarely misses his chance of practicing.