30 C
Willemstad
• dinsdag 26 oktober 2021 19:39

Laatste reacties

- Advertentie -

WCN | Curaçao gaming licenses under scrutiny; Entities answer Dutch inquiries

Lars Jones | WorldCasinoNews

Curaçao gaming licenses under scrutiny; Entities answer Dutch inquiries | Foto Bas Stoffelsen
Curaçao gaming licenses under scrutiny; entities answer Dutch inquiries | Bas Stoffelsen

Ronald van Raak, Dutch MP for the Socialist Party has been inquiring about the gambling sector of Curaçao among other Caribbean jurisdictions in the ‘Netherland Antilles’ and local media has become a platform for the discussions.

According to the Curaçao Chronicle, the MP sent a letter to Ronald Plasterk, Minister of Kingdom Relations asking if the Minister agrees that Curaçao is failing to supervise the online gaming sector and seeking clarification on whether a communications company, with its sights on expanding, might also expand online casino and SMS lottery offerings.

- Advertentie -

Ronald van Raak asked in a letter, “Do you agree that Curaçao has failed in its supervision on the gambling sector” If so, what role do you see for the Kingdom to eliminate these administrative abuses?” He further stated, “[Curaçao telecommunication company UTS] purchasing Ctex may be intended to expand those activities,” said the Holland MP.

Furthering his inquiry into UTS, Van Raak asked, “How do you explain that UTS and its subsidiaries are public companies, but do not belong to the country and its institutions, and that supervision is not authorized by the General Court of Auditors?”

The thorny question of online casino sub-licenses was also addressed with the MP singling out three online casinos, one of which shut down right after his inquiry.

“When and by whom was the construction master license holder and sub-holder for online gambling, especially from the e-zones, conceived and implemented?”

- Advertisement -

The Minister noted that he considers matters of abuse to be serious issues but conceded that enforcement is a matter for Curaçao to undertake while noting that economic and financial crime enforcement can be supported by The Netherlands.

By the end of the week Curaçao’s Gaming Control Board (GCB) and United Telecommunication Services (UTS) had responded according to a report in The Daily Herald of St. Maarten. The GCB defended its handling of responsibilities in a press release stating, “GCB is a highly professional organisation with extensive specific knowledge and experience with regard to the complex monitoring of the gambling industry.” the release stated.

A representative of UTS told The Herald, “UTS incorporated the Curaçao Code of Corporate Governance in its statutes and into its operations.” UTS also reportedly stated that they are the only provider offering a telecommunications concession on the entire island to be in compliance.

Van Raak previously asked who examines UTS financial reports but that answer is yet to appear in local media.

In mid March, Van Raak and ruling party MP Andre Bosman of The Netherlands asked a series of pointed questions about sports betting and other gambling activities in Curaçao and Sint Maarten. Some local reports indicated that as many as 50 people were working on an investigation into illegal gambling in St. Maarten. By mid April, Today, another St. Maarten newspaper was claiming to debunk the reports and minimize Mr. van Raak’s inquiries that began surfacing as early as January.

“The Public Prosecutor’s Office knows nothing of an investigation into the gambling industry in St. Maarten,” a spokesman for the St. Maarten prosecutor’s office reportedly said in reply to questions from Today. “There is also no cooperation with the United States. The only thing we have is a request for judicial assistance from Italy, but that was already known.”

Bron: WorldCasinoNews

- Advertisement -

Artikel delen

Geef een reactie

Vul alstublieft uw commentaar in!
Vul hier uw naam in

- Advertentie -

Lees ook

- Advertentie -

Zoeken

- Advertentie -

Extra | Journaal 25 oktober 2021

Elke werkdag het laatste nieuws van Extra, nu ook in het Nederlands. Bron: Extra

PBC | Tickets naar Curaçao rond kerst kunnen oplopen tot boven de 10.000 gulden

Persbureau Curacao WILLEMSTAD – Wie rond de kerstdagen naar Curaçao wil vliegen moet zijn vluchtdagen zorgvuldig uitkiezen. Ga je in het nieuwe jaar terug, dan kunnen de prijzen...

PBC | Toeristische sector Curaçao bezorgt over QR-code

Persbureau Curacao De toeristische verblijfssector op Curaçao maakt zich zorgen over de onlangs aangekondigde maatregelen rond de invoering van de QR-code. Die is te abrupt ingevoerd. Chata, die...

PBC | Aantal vaccinaties op Curaçao passeert de grens van 100.000

Persbureau Curacao WILLEMSTAD – Op Curaçao is dit weekend de 100.000 bewoner gevaccineerd. Het gaat om de eerste prik. Bijna 92.000 van hen hebben inmiddels een tweede prik...

DolfijnFM | Premier Aruba ontkent banden met lokale drugskartels

De premier van Aruba, Evelyn Wever-Croes ontkent geruchten dat zij hechte banden heeft met de lokale drugsmaffia. Die zou geleid worden door haar familie. De geruchten werden verspreid...

DolfijnFM | Maar een persoon positief getest

Vandaag slechts één positieve test op bijna 1400 afgenomen coronatests. Met veertien patiënten die hun isolatie mochten beëindigen komt het totaal aantal actieve cases in Curaçao op...
- Advertentie -