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Betsson’s payment blocking order in Finland has been suspended after the country’s Supreme Administrative Court (pictured) intervened.

In February, Finland’s National Police Board (NPB) placed Betsson holding company, BML Group, on its payment blocking list.

Presence on the list requires all banks, payment providers and crypto businesses to block all payments from Finland to the blacklisted businesses.

Betsson was placed on the list in the aftermath of a February decision from the Helsinki Administrative Court, which ruled that a €2.4m fine issued in May 2023 by Finnish police for marketing violations was lawful.

At the time, Betsson signalled its intention to continue fighting the verdict, with a spokesperson telling NEXT.io it would appeal the case to the Supreme Administrative Court.

This court is the highest court of appeal for administrative law in Finland, parallel to the country’s Supreme Court, which handles civil and criminal law.

According to NEXT.io sources, the Supreme Administrative Court has now issued a provision judgement suspending the NPB order until the appeal process completes.

As a result, Betsson is not required to pay the fine until either the court rules on BML Group’s appeal, or until it rules otherwise.

While the judgement did not mention the NPB’s payment blocking list, attorneys for the company argued any Betsson-related names on the list should nonetheless be removed.

The NPB’s publicly available blocking list, which was updated today (2 April), indeed shows that any names associated with Betsson have been removed.

“The National Police Board is waiting for the Supreme Administrative Court’s decision on BML Group Limited’s appeal and will consider the possible further actions based on the court’s decision,” a NPB spokesperson told NEXT.io.

Latest twist in Betsson Finland saga

The news marks another twist in Betsson’s nearly year-long legal dispute in the Nordic country.

The operator last month transferred its European Union brands excluding in Sweden and Ireland to a new holding company, Rizk Nordic Limited.

One legal commentator told NEXT.io the move could have been done to enable the business to evade the blocking order, a characterisation Betsson denied.

“BML Group Ltd is fully compliant with the prohibition order of the NPB and does not have a customer offering that is targeting Finland,” a Betsson spokesperson told NEXT.io at the time.

Finland intends to overhaul its gambling monopoly system. Its government has said it will introduce a licensing model by 2026.

NEXT.io has reached out to both Betsson and the NPB for comment.

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