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September 29, 2020

By request of the Federal Institute to Access to Information

Mexico: Segob demanded to bring information on the operating licenses on games of chance

(Mexico).- Mexican Segob (Secretary of Government) will have to release the number of licenses for games and draws that have been delivered during the present administration, and the list of legal processes pending against physical and moral persons, for violation of the Law of Games and Draws, said the Federal Institute of Access to Information (IFAI).

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FAI modified the proposal of Segob and told it to comply with the request and inform that institute on that compliance, but also sent instructions to the General Direction of Coordination and Surveillance of the Federal Public Administration, to follow the resolution.

By unanimity, IFAI commissioners considered unacceptable the response of the entity which pointed that “once it has been made an exhaustive search of the information demanded, no record with that renomination was found, so the absebce of information was declared.”

IFAI said: “It is not possible that Segob lacks of information related to possible new Games of Chance Licensees, given the fact that the Deputy General Manager must have the control of the number and the new licensees.”

And the Federal Games and Draws Law establishes in its article 3 that “it corresponds to the federal government, by Segob, to rule, authorize, control and surveil games when there are bets of any kind involved; as well as draws, except the National Lottery, that will be ruled by its own law".

The Unit of Legal Affairs has, among others, the power to represent the Secretary before the Federal Courts and before every authority in the legal papers and any other legal affair in which Segob is involved, and intervene in the appeals for protection, offer proofs and submissions, among others.

And the Deputy General Manager of Games and Draws has the responsibility to integrate and maintain an updated data base on games and draws, which counts with an information related to the licenses granted and their modifications; the identity of the licensees; the procedures of administrative punishments in course, including those that are under legal lawsuit, its operators, shareholders, among others.

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