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Minister quits over casino claims

5 October 2009

POLAND -- As reported by the BBC: "Poland's sports minister has resigned amid allegations he was involved in lobbying for the gambling industry.

"Miroslaw Drzewiecki announced his decision after Rzeczpospolita newspaper published transcripts of tapped telephone conversations.

"In the calls between a politician and a gambling industry boss, Mr Drzewiecki was allegedly named as someone who could help block planned casino taxes.

"Mr Drzewiecki denies wrongdoing, saying he has been falsely accused.

"...The politician in the tapped phone calls ... Zbigniew Chlebowski... has been suspended pending an inquiry

"...The bill ...proposes higher taxes on the gambling business to channel more money into overstretched state coffers..."

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