The newspaper Le Monde, was sentenced today in defamation for wrongly asserted that the american actor John Malkovich had an account hidden in Switzerland, in the framework of the revelations tell SwissLeaks on the british bank HSBC.
a rare Thing, The World was also ordered to publish in a journal and on the homepage of its internet website a judiciary statement.
The journalists, the authors of the article, Gérard Davet and Fabrice, the Man, were each sentenced to 1,500 euros fine, the director of the publication to a 1000 eur fine.
All three were sentenced to pay, jointly and severally, in a total of 10,000 euros in damages to John Malkovich.
”My clients are obviously call,” said to the AFP, their lawyer, mr. Christophe Bigot.
“We welcome this conviction that restores the truth and who determines the responsibility of journalists, who have not hesitated, at the cost of an investigation of a lightness confusing, to throw grazed the name of a character, mainly because she was known”, have responded to the advice of the actor, My Julia Minkowski and Hervé Temime.
In its edition dated 10 February 2015 and on its website as early as 8 February, The World had published a survey referring to the system of tax evasion set up by the british bank HSBC with the hub, its swiss subsidiary, HSBC Private Bank Suisse (HSBC PB).
The daily cited the names of several persons who have held, during the period from 2005 to 2007, an account hidden in Switzerland. In what the newspaper called “the gotha of the escaped tax” was the name of John Malkovich.
His lawyers argued that the actor had, in fact, a securities account in a bank that was bought out by HSBC. This account had been closed on 30 November 1999, one month prior to the creation of HSBC PB, and it had been duly declared to the american tax authorities.
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