Swedish Minister criticised for stating that igaming increased under Covid

Ardalan Shekarabi

A Swedish parliamentary committee has criticized Minister for Social Security Ardalan Shekarabi’s for claiming about an increase in online gambling at the start of the Covid-19 crisis.

Riksdag’s Constitutional Committee (Konstitutionsutskottet/KU) evaluated its sources in its annual review of the Swedish government’s performance.

Shekarabi made the claims during a conference on April 23, 2020, to discuss measures to protect players during the pandemic.

The regulations included a deposit limit of SEK5,000 (£428/€476/$540). It was to cover all products before limited to online casinos, time limits, and bonus restrictions.

“What we see now is a dangerous circumstance that risks the rise of gambling addiction,” Shekarabi said at the conference.

Moreover, in its findings, the KU stated that Shekarabi, as a minister, should only provide correct information from reliable sources.

“The review reveals that the government has based its statement on information that does not allow for any definite conclusion as to whether or not gambling had increased,” according to the KU report.

 

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