Kosovo to suspend all gambling activities in the country

A parliament of Kosovo has confirmed a draft bill banning gambling activities across the country for a period of 10 years. The move to ban gambling in Kosovo comes after two murders linked to casinos.

One of the victims worked at a gambling centre in Suhareka, while the other was a casino employee in Lipjan. “We can’t allow casinos that feed crime and gambling to determine the fate of individuals and our families”, – explained Avdullah Hoti, leader in parliament of the Democratic League of Kosovo.

Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj supported this decision: “In the face of this situation, we will not allow these venues to be arenas of crime that claim people’s lives. The government and security mechanisms are already mobilized to react and prevent further degradation”.

Kosovo’s government decision comes nearly three months after neighbouring Albania banned gambling activities including sports betting shops, bingo halls, racing betting and online gambling, and restricted the operations of electronic casinos.

 

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