• Sweden's news in English

German court ups Princess Madeleine's libel award

TT/The Local · 31 Jul 2009, 08:27

Published: 31 Jul 2009 08:27 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

The Hamburg-based court of appeal found that Princess Madeleine had been subject to a campaign of “reckless” gossip, ordering that the lower court's award of €300,000 be raised by one third.

The Swedish royal family had indicated earlier that the money will be donated to charity.

The case stems from several articles published in papers belonging the Klambf publishing house, including titles such as “Frau mit Herz” and “Welt der Frau”.

The stories included a wide range of false information and claims about Princess Madeleine life and living habits.

According to German press reports published on Thursday, a spokesperson for the Hamburg court said the articles were “unequivocally untrue” and that the substantial damages award was an attempt to create “a major inhibiting effect” on the tabloid press.

The stories were published between 2000 and 2004 and the suit was first filed by the royal family’s star German attorney Matthias Prinz.

According to a statement issued on Thursday, publishers Klambf apparently realized long ago how the court would likely rule.

Story continues below…

“The damages amount is of a magnitude expected by the Klambf media group. A corresponding amount was set aside back in 2004,” said the Baden-Baden based publisher.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

08:57 July 31, 2009 by peropaco
Who gives a rats arse if the little dwarf was pregnant or not.
09:22 July 31, 2009 by martell
Finally a court has landed one in the face of the press liars.

Lies are the counterpart of a free press and ethical journalism.

Well done, your honor.
09:44 July 31, 2009 by Davidiand
08:57 July 31, 2009 by peropaco

'Who gives a rats arse if the little dwarf was pregnant or not'

Not a very nice thing to say!!!
10:16 July 31, 2009 by George C
Good on her .... how dare the press try to destroy her or anyone else,s reputation.

I am happy that she got this reward and it goes to charity.

On your side Madeleine ...... best of luck !!
12:18 July 31, 2009 by byke
I understand the idea of liable, and its power to harm.

BUT .....

Wouldn't this be termed as illegal since 1st July since Sweden's official language laws have been passed not allowing "foreign" languages.

German is not recognized as an official language of sweden, thus not officially recognised.

13:53 July 31, 2009 by Aussie_Downunder
Madeleine..... niiiiiiiiiiiiice
15:02 July 31, 2009 by DeafJeff
In the US the media and paparazzi and OUT OF CONTROL. I'm all for freedom of speech and press, but don't make stuff up. Do your job and report the news, not lies. Liars should undergo corporal punishment in public.
17:39 July 31, 2009 by I Love it when ...
madeleines pretty

good on her
21:56 July 31, 2009 by conboy
byke the word you were looking for is libel and as an EU citizen the young one had every right to sue so do you. Viva the EU!
06:39 March 26, 2012 by Helge Krupski
I was became a husband for Swedish Princess Madeleine in 1995 in Kiev, in the Russian Orthodox Church. In 1997 we signed Swedish a document in the presence of a lawyer and we were become legally husband and wife (http://www.facebook.com/Helge.Krupski ). Committing a criminal act, the use of hypnosis techniques "wipe memory" (her psi-agents and psi-operators), forgery documents, deception to Swedish lawyers and etc., which helped her until 2011. Hapless Christopher O'Neil (USA) he as well as Jonas Bergström (Sweden)...were applied to them "a hypnotic coding" (personal request her)...in the latter case - a cynical desire for money. It was not be even true for Jonas Bergström (she was in sexual connection with the officers-hypnotists)...and what she is crook - she accused of infidelity to Mr. Jonas Bergström. She was lucky to deceive the court in Germany - the media did not know, she was doing abortions from my children... They had to make a request to Ukraine, she made abortions in Kiev. Her cynical interested again in the money "compensation" from the press for alleged "untruth in the publication." My statement ignored Swedish the Royal Court - to make a request to law enforcement authorities of Ukraine and Sweden for the years 1993-2007, and in the psychiatric clinic of Ukraine and Sweden about Princess of Sweden Madeleine. There are witnesses, interesting photos, videos, and documentary materials. I was a citizen of Sweden, I had work at the Swedish Embassy in Ukraine, I received an award in Sweden for exposing the conspiracy of hypnotists in Stockholm (but her dad and she continued to work with them). But the main thing that she and her father paid a bribe to investigators in the Ukraine to escape justice. I was able to survive after it organized an attempt on my life ... I was able to survive after the attack on my health, Princess Madeleine of Sweden with officers intelligence service was use psychotropic chemicals to me. For the sake of the future and just for the sake of eternal love, while I'm alive, I will testify to all this. - My memory was restored in late 2011. And I hope to help the victims' relatives ferry "Estonia" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_Estonia). Since she and her dad for a psi-agents (psi-operators) in 1994, paid money for "apparatus installation techniques of hypnosis" from the closed "Institute of Applied Science" the KGB, but because of sabotage - the apparatus with the ferry (to address the Swedish Parliament) is not raise from the bottom of the sea. Bless God me ... I was lucky ... Then I was escape out of the Drottningholm Palace, Stockholm in Kiev. I was able to fight in the Port Stockholm, but they chased me in Kiev. Long time restored my health doctors, I went through litigations and forensics examination. Power and money have no power over me - I not only hereditary nobleman by birth, I think need to the nobleness of the soul for H.R.H. Madeleine Bernadotte and her dad.
Today's headlines
Sweden wants emission-free cars in EU by 2030
Photo: Jessica Gow/ TT

Sweden's environment minister on Saturday urged the European Union to ban petrol and diesel-powered vehicles from 2030.

Hundreds protest Swedish asylum laws
Around 1,000 people protested in Stockholm. Photo: Fredrik Persson/ TT

Hundreds of people on Saturday demonstrated in Stockholm and in many other parts of the country to protest Sweden’s tough new laws on asylum-seekers.

Dylan removes Nobel-mention from website
The American musician has more or less responded to the news with silence. Photo: Per Wahlberg

American singer-song writer Bob Dylan has removed any mention of him being named one of this year’s Nobel Prize laureates on his official website.

Refugee crisis
Asylum requests in Sweden down by 70 percent
Sweden's migration minister Morgan Johansson. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

Sweden received 70 percent fewer requests for asylum in the period between January and September 2016 than it did during the same time last year, the country’s justice and migration minister Morgan Johansson has revealed.

The unique story of Stockholm's floating libraries
The Stockholm archipelago book boat. Photo: Roger Hill.

Writer Roger Hill details his journeys on the boats that carry books over Stockholm's waterways and to its most remote places.

Refugee crisis
Second Stockholm asylum centre fire in a week
The new incident follows a similar fire in Fagersjö last week (pictured). Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Police suspect arson in the blaze, as well as a similar incident which occurred last Sunday.

More misery for Ericsson as losses pile up
Ericsson interim CEO Jan Frykhammar presenting its third quarter results. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

The bad news just keeps coming from the Swedish telecoms giant.

Facebook 'sorry' for removing Swedish cancer video
A computer displaying Facebook's landing page. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

The social media giant had censored a video explaining how women should check for suspicious lumps in their breasts.

Watch this amazing footage of Sweden’s landscapes
A still from the aerial footage of Sweden. Photo: Nate Summer-Cook

The spectacular drone footage captures both Sweden's south and the opposite extreme, thousands of kilometres north.

Sweden could be allowed to keep border controls: EU
Police ID checks at Hyllie station in southern Sweden. Photo: Stig-Åke Jönsson/TT

Sweden could be allowed to keep ID controls on its border with Denmark beyond the current end date of November, following discussions among EU leaders in Brussels last night.

Sponsored Article
This is Malmö: Football capital of Sweden
Fury at plans that 'threaten the IB's survival' in Sweden
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
Here's where it could snow in central Sweden this weekend
Analysis & Opinion
Are we just going to let half the country die?
Blog updates

6 October

10 useful hjälpverb (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! I think the so-called “hjalpverb” (auxiliary verbs in English) are a good way to get…" READ »


8 July

Editor’s blog, July 8th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hej readers, It has, as always, been a bizarre, serious and hilarious week in Sweden. You…" READ »

Sponsored Article
7 reasons you should join Sweden's 'a-kassa'
Angry elk chases Swede up a lamp post
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
The Local Voices
'Alienation in Sweden feels better: I find myself a stranger among scores of aliens'
People-watching: October 20th
The Local Voices
A layover at Qatar airport brought this Swedish-Kenyan couple together - now they're heading for marriage
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Swede punches clown that scared his grandmother
Sponsored Article
Swedish for programmers: 'It changed my life'
Fans throw flares and enter pitch in Swedish football riot
Could Swedish blood test solve 'Making a Murderer'?
Sponsored Article
Top 7 tips to help you learn Swedish
Property of the week: Linnéstaden, Gothenburg
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
Swedish school to build gender neutral changing room
People-watching: October 14th-16th
Sponsored Article
'There was no future for me in Turkey'
Man in Sweden assaulted by clowns with broken bottle
Sponsored Article
‘Extremism can't be defeated on the battlefield alone’
Nobel Prize 2016: Literature
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Watch the man who discovered Bob Dylan react to his Nobel Prize win
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Record numbers emigrating from Sweden
Sponsored Article
'There was no future for me in Turkey'
People-watching: October 12th
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
The Local Voices
'Swedish startups should embrace newcomers' talents - there's nothing to fear'
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
How far right are the Sweden Democrats?
Property of the week: Triangeln, Malmö
Sweden unveils Europe's first elk hut
People-watching: October 7th-9th
The Local Voices
Syria's White Helmets: The Nobel Peace Prize would have meant a lot, but pulling a child from rubble is the greatest reward
Missing rune stone turns up in Sweden
Nobel Prize 2016: Chemistry
jobs available