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Macau court rules against wynn macau limited

In Macau, a senior court has reportedly ruled that local casino operator Wynn Macau Limited had violated local personal data protection rules in surreptitiously revealing the identity of a former employee of the Philippines Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) regulator it believed was tied to allegations of corruption.

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According to a Wednesday report from the Macau News Agency, the Court of First Appeal found in favor of Rogelio Yusi Bangsil after determining that Wynn Macau Limited, which is a subsidiary of American casino giant Wynn Resorts Limited, had illegally released the Filipino’s name in 2011 following the completion of an in-house investigation conducted by a former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Louis Freeh.

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The news service explained that the inquiry from Hong Kong-listed Wynn Macau Limited had been initiated in an attempt to discover if there had been any ‘improper relationship’ between billionaire Kazuo Okada and officials at the state-owned PAGCOR. At the time the Japanese businessman was the Chairman for Universal Entertainment Corporation, which was the majority stakeholder in Las Vegas-based Wynn Resorts Limited courtesy of holding some 24.55 million shares, and was continually being dogged by allegations that he had illegally bribed Philippines gaming officials in order to realize his $2 billion Okada Manila integrated casino resort.

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The Court of First Appeal reportedly ruled that the investigation from Wynn Macau Limited had violated Macau’s Personal Data Protection Act by allowing Bangsil and his wife to be publicly identified as two of 17 people alleged to have received cash and payments totaling over $110,000 from septuagenarian Okada in the run-up to the opening of the giant Manila venue.

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The Macau News Agency reported that Bangsil, who had been in charge of the regulator’s gaming department, saw his career ruined by the allegations and subsequently filed his lawsuit in 2014.
“There is no truth to these allegations,” Bangsil told the Macau Daily Times newspaper in May. “They cut short my career and the whole family suffered because of that. I want to be compensated for the damages they caused us including my wife and my child.”