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Belgium Countersues Bwin Over Blacklist Issue

Shortly after online gambling giant bwin.party digital entertainment announced that it was taking the Belgian government to court over the blacklisting of its site in the country, Belgium has filed a counter suit, claiming that the country is within its rights to block illegal websites.

Some lawyers claim that the blockage of major European gambling operators in Belgium appears to be selective in its nature, and could be considered discriminatory in the European Union courts.

Last Friday, lawyers for the government went before the court asking to make it clear that bwin.party is operating illegally, and force the betting firm to pay back all player deposits since its site was blocked on May 9th. Lawyers for the government also went on to say that the government is able to block unlicensed websites within its borders because online gambling without a license is expressly illegal in Belgium.

The court is expected to release its judgement on June 25th.

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