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Malaysian Court Quashes Casino's Debt Bid

6 July 2005

MALAYSIA – As reported by the Ireland Online: "A Malaysian court in Kuala Lumpur has quashed a London casino's bid to recover a gambling debt of more than 7 million ringgit (€1.47m) racked up by a senior politician in the country's ruling party.

"Osu Sukam, a former chief minister of the timber-rich Sabah state, chalked up the debt when the Ritz Hotel Casino in London allowed him to gamble on credit.

"The casino later obtained a judgment from a British court to recover the debt.

"Subsequently, the casino applied to a Malaysian high court to enforce the British court order on Osu.

"…Malaysia's High Court Judge Ian Chin in his judgment yesterday said the British court order cannot be enforced in Malaysia, saying, 'Malaysians must be protected from being enticed to gamble on credit.'…"

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