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Sunday 13 July 2014

Google loses gangster photograph case

Jonathan Pearlman Sydney

Published 02/11/2012|05:00

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An Australian man has won a landmark legal battle against Google after images of him appeared alongside a well-known underworld figure in its search results.

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A jury found Michael Trkulja was defamed by the search results, which listed images of Tony Mokbel, a prominent gangland figure, during searches for Mr Trkulja.

Mr Trkulja, from Melbourne, has lived in Australia for 42 years and has never been involved in criminal activity.

But in 2004 he was shot in the back at a restaurant during gang wars in Melbourne, leading to images of Mr Trkulja appearing on a now-defunct website called 'Melbourne Crime'.

Google's automatic-search software linked Mr Trkulja's name to the website. Last July Mokbel was sentenced to 30 years in jail for his role in a drugs cartel. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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