Some of the women busted in Cyprus during a gambling raid two years ago are finally being hauled into court, including a 98 year-old woman as well as forty other women in total. most of the women are in their 70s and would gather once a week for an afternoon of poker and bridge for very small stakes.
The raid occurred in November 2009 but the women are just now being required to appear in court; unfortunately two of the women have since died with several others now in a nurse home, according to the daughter of the 98 year-old woman.
"They were playing with only very small sums of money, just to make it interesting,” she said. “It’s silly for police to concern themselves with such trivial games when there are more serious things they should pursue."
She also said that he mother intends to keep playing poker as a way to keep her mind sharp, and that another of the women arrested by police insisted that she be allowed to finish her hand first before the raid was completed.
Gambling in Cyrpus is illegal outside of casinos and is punishable by a €750 fine or up to 6 months in prison. Prosecutors in cyrpus said the case was simply following procedure as far as the women being summoned to court and that no decision had yet been made as to whether or not they would be prosecuted.
Cyprus has also made other headlines recently in its attempt to crack down on online gambling as well, with its parliament debating whether or not to pass legislation to regulate online gambling.
The bill under debate would ban all forms of online gambling but also simultaneously create an independent gaming board that would regulate all aspects of betting, with the potential of awarding licenses to online gambling operators and collecting sizable tax revenues.