The affidavit, filed by Claude Hanna of Munroe & Associates, said a group of web shop bosses faced significant delays in trying to get business licenses renewed and some owners have still not yet received licenses.
Topic: web shops
The battle for an injunction to allow web shops to remain open during court action between numbers bosses and the government will continue as the hearing was adjourned to April 2.
Attorney Wayne Munroe says his client’s web shops can remain open because Parliament does not have the ability to make laws that curtail people’s freedom to spend their money for entertainment purposes.
Web shops are arguing that their sector’s “development of technology and business methods” are outside the regulatory purview of the Lotteries and Gaming Act.
According to attorney Wayne Munroe, Parliament has no right to dictate to citizens how they should and should not spend their money for entertainment purposes.
Prime Minister Perry Christie said all web-shop owners and operators are placed on notice that all their gaming operations, including online gaming and the numbers games, must cease immediately.
Voters in the Bahamas overwhelmingly rejected a referendum to legalize gambling for citizens of the archipelago off Florida’s east coast, where locals were already barred from betting in casinos at the islands’ tourist resorts.
Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe maintained that web shops would be closed temporarily if the January 28 referendum passes, despite comments from ‘Vote Yes’ spokesperson to the contrary.
Leading up to the nationwide referendum on the legalization of gambling, at least two of the big five underground gambling firms are offering houses as part of a “grand prize”.