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Former slot machine operators turn to human rights court

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Hungarian companies that earlier relied on slot machines for business are turning to the European Court of Human Rights to seek recompense for a ban on the machines in cafes and pubs, daily Népszabadság said on Tuesday. Hungary's Parliament approved last October amendments that ban the machines "with the exception of those located at casinos operating in a concession". The business owners argue that the state took away their assets and livelihood and have hired the lawyer Daniel Karsai, who earlier worked at the court in Strasbourg, for their cases. If the court rules in favour of the former slot machine operators, it could cost the state billions of forints, the paper said.

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