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Arrests in Albanian Gambling Crackdown

Law enforcement officers in Albania have arrested two individuals who have continued to provide online betting to Albanian residents in defiance of new anti-gambling rules.  

The new laws came into effect on January 1, but two individuals arrested since that date have been charged with flouting the regulations. One case relates to a 41-year-old man who was arrested in the Albanian capital, Tirana, and the other to a 35-year-old from Klos in Burrel, who has also been detained by local police. Both individuals are alleged to have been caught in possession of equipment related to the provision of gambling services.  

In November, the Albanian Parliament voted to approve a law that closed all of the country’s betting shops and casinos and that also made all sports betting in the country illegal. The ban extended to the online betting sector, and came into effect at the beginning of the New Year.  

Yet despite the new regulations, it is still possible for Albanian residents to access a number of different betting websites from within the country. Although access through mobile devices has been blocked, the sites can be accessed through laptops and desktop computers. And although the Albanian government has the power to block websites based in Albania, it is unable to prevent foreign-based sites from offering gambling services to Albanians.  

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