In a quest to investigate the CebturionBet Ltd. which operates online gambling Bet1128 casino brand, Italian prosecutor Nicola Gratteri asked formally from Malta to provide for legal assistance.
According to Gratteri, Malta has not responded to a single "letters of request".
The company’s gaming licence was cancelled earlier this month by the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA). Gratteri is investigating whether the company has ties to the mafia in Italy.
Ndrangheta, a powerful organised crime group based in south-west Italy, largely owned Bet1128’s online casino, sportsbook, and poker room which were marketed towards the residents in Calabria.
Francesco Martiradonna, owner of CenturionBet has provided evidence that links the mafia unit to the online gambling network as per the Italian investigators.
Malta due to its low tax rate is a popular remote gaming licensing jurisdiction with major iGaming players authorised from there including Rational Group.
Recently, it has come to light that the gaming regulator in Malta might be failing in its duty to monitor operations of the licenced casino companies.