Unibet CEO still detained in Amsterdam


After being apprehended by Dutch authorities Unibet CEO Petter Nylander is still waiting to be transferred to France.

After a court hearing in Amsterdam today the judge has decided that Unibet's CEO Petter Nylander should stay in detention.

Nylander was detained by Dutch authorities on Tuesday because of a warrant issued in France. Nylander was apprehended while attempting to board a plane that would take him home to the United Kingdom.

His detention is the result of proceedings filed in 2006 by Française des Jeux, the French lottery monopoly, and PMU, the horse betting monopoly, against Unibet. The suit alleges that Unibet breached French national laws from 1836 and 1891 protecting state-owned monopolies.

After the hearing Nylander was transported from the detention center at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to a hotel in the same city where he will await transportation to French authorities in Paris.

Unibet's CFO and deputy CEO Ragnar Hellenius had the chance to talk to Nylander and said he is doing well.

"I am pleased to confirm that I have spoken to Petter over the phone," Hellenius said in a press release. "He is now together with our lawyers at a hotel in Amsterdam. Under the circumstances, we had wanted this process to be faster and [have] Petter transferred to Paris immediately. We do hope that when Petter is finally on French soil, the judge will release him [quickly] without charge.

"Petter is obviously very tired and the detention has not been pleasant. He is still in [a] good mood and wants to be released in order [...] to join his family."

Meanwhile the European Union has also weighed in on the issue, saying that the arrest is a matter for the French and Dutch authorities to resolve.

In a story with Thomson Financial, commission spokesman Oliver Drewes absolved the EU from the issue by saying, "It's not a matter for us anymore."

"It could very well be that somebody has been arrested who is innocent," he added.

Drewes did mention that French gaming monopoly law does not follow EU legislation.

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