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Mosley to sue News of World for libel

LONDON - Fresh from his High Court victory, Formula 1 boss Max Mosley is planning to sue the News of the World for libel. He has also launched lawsuits against Bild in Germany, and papers in France and Italy.

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Mosley, head of the FIA, won £60,000 in damages in the High Court in London last week against the News of the World. He now plans to continue his battle with the paper, by putting pressure on the News of the World's editor Colin Myler.

Mosley said that, as well as legal action in the UK and German, he would pursue action in France and Italy where pictures of him were published, infringing copyright.

He told the Sunday Telegraph: "I am the victim of an unlawful act by someone else in the same way as I would be if I was mugged.

"The [News of the World] stole my image and my dignity."

Mosley won his High Court case last week, after Mr Justice Eady ruled there was "no evidence" of any re-enactment of Nazi behaviour, after it was alleged that the head of the FIA was involved in a Nazi-themed sadomasochistic sex orgy with five women, one of whom was the wife of an MI5 officer who secretly filmed the incident.

The libel action could prove extremely costly for the News of the World. It already faces costs of more than £900,000, which includes the £60,000 in damages, plus Mosley's and its own legal costs.

The ruling by Mr Justice Eady has come in for criticism from a number of quarters, which have argued that it is an attack on free speech. At the weekend Lord Carey -- the former Archbishop of Canterbury -- joined that chorus.

He said that free speech has been the first major victim of Mosley's High Court victory.

Writing in the New of the World, Lord Carey said: "Without public debate or democratic scrutiny, the courts have created a wholly new privacy law.

"In itself that's bad enough. But, as a Christian leader, I am deeply sad that public morality is the second victim of this legal judgement.

"Unspeakable and indecent behaviour, whether in public or in private, is no longer significant under this ruling.

"If a politician, a judge, a bishop or any public figure cannot keep their promises to wife, husband, etc, how can they be trusted to honour pledges to their constituencies and people they serve?"

Mosley, the son of the Sir Oswald Mosley, founder of the 1930s British Union of Fascists, said in court that the publicity had been "totally devastating" for his wife of 48 years who had been unaware of his sexual practices.

The lawsuit against Bild, owned by publisher Axel Springer, is for breach of trust, violations of copyright laws and fraud. He is demanding more than £1.1m from the paper and its online sister publication.

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