Published On: Sat, Jun 7th, 2014

Appeal procedure ‘illegal’ SMS lottery

Premier AsjesWILLEMSTAD – The case regarding illegal SMS lottery is status quo. This is according to Prime Minister of Curacao, Ivar Asjes.

Asjes announced mid last year that the Robbie's SMS Lottery is illegal. The Prime Minister repeatedly said that he would like to put an end to this.

Since then, according to Asjes, little has happened, but an appeal process has been put in motion. “The sector director of the Ministry of General Affairs is authorized by me to represent the government,” the Prime Minister said. Asjes also indicated that the appeal from the owner of Robby's Lottery, Robbie dos Santos, was rejected by the government.

The development of a policy, which will allow more companies to exploit the SMS lottery, was stopped by the government, pending a discussion in the coalition.

Before the political leader Helmin Wiels was assassinated, he fiercely opposed this form of gambling.

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