21 July 2006


The New York Times
Published: July 20, 2006

GENEVA, July 19 (AP) — The World Trade Organization set up a panel on Wednesday to investigate whether United States restrictions on Internet gambling comply with international trade rules.

The Caribbean country of Antigua and Barbuda asked the W.T.O. to set up the panel after consultations with the United States failed to yield a solution to a dispute over whether Washington should drop prohibitions on Americans placing bets in online casinos.

A previous W.T.O. ruling said that some United States laws were in line with international commerce rules, but others were not. “The United States has been busy passing legislation that is directly and unequivocally contrary to the ruling,” Antigua told a meeting of the W.T.O.’s dispute settlement body.

The nation contends that the United States has taken no measures to comply with the recommendations and rulings of the dispute settlement body, Antigua said.

The decision came two days after federal authorities charged a Web gambling business based in London and licensed in Antigua, BetOnSports, with racketeering and wire fraud.

BetOnSports shut down its Web site late Tuesday and said it was temporarily stopping all transactions while it reviewed the situation.

The United States contends that Internet gambling should be prohibited …

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