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Game back on in Greece

Government backs down over law banning gaming

A Greek court has thrown out the case against three internet cafe owners accused of breaking a law banning computer games, branding the legislation 'unconstitutional'.

This is the first ruling since the law, which bans the use of electronic games in public and private places, was passed back in July.

The court's ruling, which directly contradicts state law, may see the controversial legislation eventually repealed.

The three men were accused of allowing customers to play cyber chess and an online game called Counter Strike.

Over 300 internet cafe owners gathered outside the courtroom, chanting slogans against the blanket laws which were originally imposed to stop gambling.

"We are completely satisfied and all those who supported this [case] from the beginning are vindicated," said Dimitris Karanassios, communications director at the Greek internet cafe owners union.

Under the terms of the state law the three men could have been sent to jail for as long as three months and faced a possible £3,800 fine.


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