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Gaming Authority ordered by Court to show cause in move against Superbet

An interim order was granted, last Wednesday, by Acting Chief Justice, Roxane George, quashing the move by the local Gaming Authority to suspend the operations of Superbet in Guyana.

Superbet had been accused of operating illegally and had been directed by the Authority to suspend its operations. After failing to do so, the Authority’s lawyer, Roysdale Forde, called on the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Revenue Authority to take the necessary steps to forcibly halt Superbet’s operations.

Superbet’s proprietors, as such, moved to court. Former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, is representing the company.

Justice George issue two orders in the matter. She issued an Order or Rule Nisi of Certiorari to the Gaming Authority quashing its decision “to suspend immediately all internet gambling, sports betting and/or lotteries and any other form of gambling…in the state of Guyana until further notice.” Unless the Authority can show cause, this order will be made absolute.”

The second order is an Order or Rule Nisi of Prohibition be directed to the Gaming Authority restraining the Authority from implementing or acting upon its decision to suspend Superbet’s activities. The Order also called on the Authority to show cause why this order should not be made absolute.

Superbet started operations in Guyana in January 2013. Its operations are covered under a Betting Shop Licence under the Tax Act, Chapter 80:01, upon the payment of $2M annually.

Superbet which is headquartered in Suriname, is being operated by Guiana Holdings Inc, a subsidiary of its parent company, the Pasha Gaming Group.

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