German gossip mags to compensate Swedish princess: lawyer

27th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

Sweden's princess Madeleine is set to obtain 400,000 euros ($548,000) in damages from a German press group whose gossip magazines published false statements about her, the royal family's lawyer said Thursday.

The federal court of justice in Germany recently refused to hear an appeal, thus validating a July 2009 ruling by the Hamburg appeals court to grant the princess 400,000 euros in damages, Axel Calissendorff told AFP.

"Thereby, at least in principle, (the court of appeals) award gained legal force," he said, adding "that means that it is not open to any challenge or appeal or anything more. It's final."

Calissendorff explained gossip magazines belonging to Sonnenverlag, itself a subsidiary of the Klambtverlag media group, had in 2003 and 2004 published "untrue" statements about Princess Madeleine, the youngest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia.

"There were many violations and they were frequent, they were intense. They were ... clear violations of the laws of privacy in Germany," he said.

The lawyer said Madeleine, 28 and now living in New York, planned to give the money to charity.

© 2011 AFP

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