The Investigative Reporting Project Italy – exploring mafia penetration of the business as a major aspect of the Daphne Project – said it had discovered an example of non-collaboration with Italian prosecutors trying to solidify the advantages of Centurionbet, which worked the Bet1128 mark.
In a reaction, the MGA expressed its complaint to the reports that “contain factual inaccuracies, speculation, untruths and a misleading portrayal of the Malta Gaming Authority and the way it operates.”
The MGA likewise expressed that claims that organizations had influenced dangers to leave to were “completely false” and “solely intended to tarnish the reputation of the Maltese Jurisdiction”.
A year ago, a Palermo court issued 26 capture warrants in the “Amusement Over” arraignment, which revealed ties between Italian sorted out wrongdoing and Malta’s gaming industry. The MGA began suspending licenses of the organizations recorded and propelled its own particular examination.
The IRPI announced that Bet1128 migrated to Malta in the wake of losing its British permit in 2009 after an against mafia activity. Another substance Centurionbet was set up as a controlling organization and the IRPI’s examination discovered that police records showed Francesco Martiradonna, the child of an indicted mafia manager, was in control in the background.
The Italian experts asked the Attorney General in Malta to solidify the organization’s benefits after Martiradonna and in excess of 100 different suspects were captured in May 2017 in front of a trial because of begin one month from now.
As indicated by the IRPI, another demand to solidify the advantages was made in January and after correspondents reached Maltese experts, Attorney General Peter Grech told his Italian partners this had been accomplished. In any case, the IRPI expressed that no confirmation this had occurred had been passed on.
The MGA prevented a need from claiming collaboration with Italy’s specialists.
“The MGA does not normally receive cooperation requests from Italian authorities other than its counterpart gambling regulator in Italy,” it expressed.
“Requests from law enforcement or financial intelligence units are sent to the corresponding authorities in Malta. Naturally, the MGA cooperates and provides any relevant information to the competent authorities when duly requested, or if the MGA deems that such information in its possession needs to be shared with the respective authorities.
The prevention of criminal infiltration is of the utmost importance for the MGA. The MGA ensures that its procedures and resources in the field of due diligence are the best possible, and in fact, many applicants are refused a licence on the basis of failure to meet fitness and propriety standards. Others are detected as part of on-going checks, and the appropriate action is taken immediately. With that said, if detection and prosecution of organised crime was easy, it would not exist in the first place.”
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29 October 2020