Alfor Group challenges Latvia’s ban on gambling

Online gambling was banned in Latvia in April as part of the emergency coronavirus (Covid-19) bill passed in the Parliament. The ban has forces some gambling operators to act in response. The Constitutional Court of Latvia has initiated two legal cases from operators challenging the country’s suspension of all gambling licenses.

According to the LSM website, the first case was initiated by gambling operator Optibet.

The second challenge was initiated from the Novomatic-owned gaming hall and online gaming operator Alfor Group, which operates Admirāļu Klubs.

Alfor objected to the suspension based on Article 105 of the Satversme, as well as the opening Article, which declares Latvia an independent democratic republic and Article 91, which says “All people in Latvia are equal before the law and the court.”

In addition to violating a right to property, Alfor said the bill violated the “legitimate expectations” from Article 1 and the principle of equality in Article 91.

The Saeima must respond to Enlabs’ case by 8th July and Alfor July 12th. After these respective dates, a deadline for preparing the cases will be revealed three months later.



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