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French 'could drop betting chief charges'

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17:26 CEST+02:00
An arrest warrant for the Swedish CEO of betting company Unibet could be dropped tomorrow by French authorities, according to reports. But Petter Nylander remained in Dutch custody in Amsterdam on Tuesday evening.

News agency Reuters and sources in Sweden indicated late on Tuesday that the French could be about to withdraw the arrest warrant. Swedish tabloid Expressen quotes sources close to Nylander saying that the businessman would be released on Wednesday following pressure from the European Commission.

Commission spokesman Oliver Drewes said on Tuesday afternoon that the French legislation invoked in the case against Nylander was incompatible with EU law, according to AFP.

There could be "no basis for any arrest warrant of any sort anywhere," in Nylander's case, Drewes added.

Petter Nylander was arrested at Amsterdam Schipol Airport on Monday evening on his way back to London, where he lives.

The arrest related to proceedings filed by French state-owned lottery Francaise des Jeux and horse betting monopoly PMU alleging that Unibet broke French laws protecting state-owned gambling monopolies.

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