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Court docket hears £750,000 defamation case in opposition to MSP

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Mr Wightman says his weblog put up was “reliable remark and criticism” of Wildcat Haven

A Scottish court docket has begun listening to a £750,000 defamation case in opposition to Inexperienced MSP Andy Wightman.

Paul O’Donoghue claimed a weblog written by the MSP about his change, Wildcat Haven, falsely urged it was a “tax haven” and damaged its recognition.

Attorneys for Mr Wightman contend that the weblog contained “reliable remark and criticism” stemming from his “reliable considerations” regarding the agency.

The listening to on the Court docket docket of Session in Edinburgh is decided to induce for eight days.

Wildcat Haven is looking for a fee of £750,000 from the baby-kisser, moreover to a court docket advise to stop him from republishing the weblog on-line.

Mr O’Donoghue stated the weblog – titled “Wildcat Haven: Bumblebee haven or tax haven” – contained unsuitable statements regarding the change, which sells “memento plots” of land to folks of the general public.

‘Biased assault’

Mr Wightman who had questioned this modification observe, contending that the buyers of the plots being outfitted by the company would not “of route genuinely or in regulation compose part of the land” and will all the time not register them with the Land Registry of Scotland.

Mr O’Donoghue, a former lecturer at Chester College, stated the agency “explicitly ship that they might have the ability to not register the land”, and stated the weblog was a “biased assault” on his firm.

He stated the title of the weblog was “clearly and best about offshore tax havens”, asserting that “falsely accusing a bit firm devoted to saving the wildcat as a tax haven is not any longer throughout the public passion.”

He added: “It wasn’t accountable journalism, Give us a reputation. Ring us up. Interrogate what goes on – originate not smear.”

Mr Wightman, an MSP for the Lothian put, denies Mr O’Donoghue’s claims and needs Lord Clark to throw out the case.

The listening to continues on Wednesday.

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