Tiny northern newspaper ‘The Sentinel’ could be sued £58.7m for defamation by media tycoon

  • By Nigel Peters

 

Media Tycoon could sue The Sentinel for £58.7 million

 

Tiny regional news paper The Sentinel owned by Local World Ltd who publish around 100 print titles. Formed in it’s current incarnation in 2012 by David Montgomery, a former chief executive of  disgraced Trinity Mirror is potentially facing a huge legal backlashThe paper has an unsettling close relationship with Britain’s most corrupt police force, often reporting individual names and addresses of people who have been accused but not convicted or even tried.

What has landed them in hot water?

A successful corporate tycoon and well known political activist based in the heart of the UK capital, London, was informed in 2016 by concerned business partners and clients about defamatory articles found in The Sentinel.

The tycoon expressed his upset at the distress this has caused his family, friends and career.

Talking at a press conference in Cairo in response to a question from The Oman Media Group he replied:

“Regardless of nationality most of us are taught the game hangman as a child, yet we fail to see the very important lesson this game teaches us. Saying incorrect things can hang people.”

The articles in question although dating back several years had not been noticed before due to the low readership of the provincial tabloid.

The stories relate to criminal allegations including ABH, GBH and assault.

The geographic location did not correspond with the London tycoon nor did the date of birth, the Londoner being approximately two years older than the alleged criminal. However the first and last name were identical. A similarity when considering the victim’s political notoriety that could not have been a coincidence.

The International‘s legal team obtained court and prison records,  no one of this age was ever convicted of these alleged crimes, in fact no one of any name or age was ever convicted of these crimes, what’s more, the named person with the age and address published, did not exist. Yet the name of a well known corporate tycoon, owner of a rival media group and newspaper and political activist heavily involved in suing the paper’s local police force for corruption was named.

Who could take legal action

It has been confirmed that on the 25th March 2016 a media group, a private London based company and it’s international subsidiaries and franchisees and political figure and corporate tycoon Dr. Stefano Shamaldin Culibrk served final legal notice of intent to sue to The Sentinel in a claim worth a combined £58.7 million for defamation and loss of revenue. Should the claim not be settled out of court and the victims case a success, this could open the door to many more claimants coming forward against the defendants.


N.Peters@theinternational.org.uk