Cyprus police in anti-online gambling raids

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Mar 3, 2021

Backing up the controversial new ban on internet gambling, police launch raids across the Mediterranean island 

Police in Cyprus launched a series of anti-online gambling raids across the Mediterranean island over the weekend, seizing a rather meager haul of 17 computers and a small amount of cash, according to reports in the Cyprus Mail.

The officers were acting in support of the recently passed and highly controversial law banning betting shops from offering online gambling on the island (see previous InfoPowa reports)

“A broad scale operation was launched by members of the police island-wide in the evening, aimed at implementing and maintaining the new legislation that was enforced recently involving the gambling law and online betting,” a police spokesman said.

Presenting search warrants, officers checked 7 betting shops and terminals, arresting nineteen persons who included players and shop employees.

“Such campaigns will continue with the aim of strictly implementing the law,” said the police.

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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