Spa town launches criminal proceedings against gaming company boss
The spa town of Františkovy Lazně has launched criminal proceedings against the head of the board and general director of betting giant Sazka. The town mayor said Aleš Hušák had made threats against him and town officials after a council decision to ban traditional gaming machines and automatic video terminals. The latter are operated by Sazka. The mayor said threats included heavy financial penalties and the loss of personal property. The council ban came before a decision by the upper house, the Senate, last week to widen local council powers to ban gaming machines, including the video terminals.