High court hears opening salvos in libel case brought by Roman Abramovich

Preliminary listening to takes position in motion introduced by means of Chelsea proprietor and others towards Putin’s Other folks writer Catherine Belton and Harper Collins

This week, within the Victorian confines of London’s prime courtroom, massed ranks of attorneys performing for 3 Russian billionaires and state-controlled oil corporate Rosneft engaged within the first court docket segment of a criminal motion towards investigative journalist Catherine Belton, writer of the most productive promoting identify Putin’s Other folks, and her writer HarperCollins.

Stuffed filled with wig-wearing barristers, and with newshounds despatched as much as the general public gallery, court docket 4 heard Hugh Tomlinson QC say that his shopper – one of the most complainants and Chelsea FC proprietor Roman Abramovich – understood that his motion might be construed as “an assault on unfastened speech and public pastime journalism”.

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