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Sunday 19 November 2017

Petroceltic blogger is 'malicious mischief maker'

Petroceltic Algeria
Petroceltic Algeria

Saurya Cherfi and Ray Managh

The author of allegedly defamatory material posted about Irish-based exploration company Petroceltic and two of its executives on an internet blog, is a "malicious mischief maker", a High Court judge has said.

Mr Justice Michael White said the blog, which has been taken down from blogging site WordPress.com by Auttomatic Inc, the US owner of the popular blogging software, had been "set up to abuse" the company and its directors. Last month Petroceltic obtained court orders directing Auttomatic to identify the author.

The court had also directed local subsidiaries Aut O'Mattic A8C Ireland Ltd and Auttomatic Inc to delete the allegations about Petroceltic, its chief executive Brian O'Cathain and its financial chief Tom Hickey.

The judge said Auttomatic Inc had a responsibility to be aware that the blogger was "mischievous" and adjourned the case for mention to a date next month.

Irish Independent

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