An Argentine court has okayed the relaunch of an online gambling site shut down earlier this year by prosecutors in Buenos Aires.
On Monday, Judge Rodolfo Ariza Clerici in the Court of First Instance in Buenos Aires ordered the national director of the Internet Domain Registry to lift the block placed earlier this year on Misionbet.com.ar, the online gambling site of the Provincial Institute of Lottery and Casinos of the State Society (IPLyC) in the province of Misiones.
The IPLyC launched its Misionbet gambling site in 2015, offering sports betting, casino and poker products to the province’s 1.1m residents. However, the site was forced offline this May by the chief financial prosecutor of Buenos Aires, Martin Lapadú, who claimed the site was illegally taking bets from punters located outside the province’s borders, including many in the national capital Buenos Aires.
Lapadú was reportedly acting on a complaint filed by the country’s Loteria Nacional (LNSE), which holds exclusive national rights for sports betting. In July, Lapadú took a similar action against Miljugadas1.com, another site based in Misiones, although it operated without the IPLyC’s blessing.