Dutch royals tackle AP in court

15th August 2009, Comments 0 comments

The Dutch crown prince and his wife asked an Amsterdam court on Friday to fine The Associated Press up to EUR 250,000 if photographs taken on their Argentinian skiing holiday are published again

The Hague - The Dutch crown prince and his wife asked an Amsterdam court on Friday to fine The Associated Press up to 250,000 euros if photographs taken on their Argentinian skiing holiday are published again.

"The royal couple asked the court to remove the photographs from its database," a spokeswoman for the government information service told AFP.

"They also sought a fine of 25,000 euros for every photo published henceforth, up to a maximum of EUR 250,000  (USD 355,000 )."

Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima claim four photographs of them and five-year-old daughter Catharina-Amalia taken by AP violate a media code under which they pose for the press regularly in return for respect for their privacy.

The US wire agency has previously said the pictures were taken "at a respectful distance" arguing that the Dutch royals were public figures at a public ski resort outside the Netherlands.

Several Dutch news media have pledged not to distribute images of the royal family in private moments, bowing to a palace request.

Judgment is expected on August 28.

AFP / Expatica

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