Petter Nylander was on his way home to Britain when he was arrested for breaking laws protecting France’s state gambling monopoly. He was detained by Dutch passport police on Monday evening as he was passing through a control at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.
Unibet’s head lawyer, Ewout Keelers, was horrified by the decision to apprehend his client.
“To arrest him and keep him locked up in a cell is nothing short of Guantanamo treatment,” he told the TT news agency.
Keelers had been about to make the journey to Sweden with Nylander when the arrest was made.
“He was shocked and full of questions when they took him aside and told him he would be placed in a cell,” he said.
In the view of Unibet’s head lawyer, Nylander’s arrest was politically motivated.
“To use an arrest warrant to protect a gambling monopoly goes beyond what can be considered acceptable,” he said.
Although the arrest warrant was issued on June 19th, it was not until Monday that Nylander was arrested, despite having travelled extensively throughout Europe in the intervening period.