Shehbaz sues reporter David Rose, Mail on Sunday in UK high court
Monitoring Report
LONDON: Pakistan Muslim League (N) leader and former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday formally launched a defamation suit against journalist David Rose and Daily Mail & General Trust (DMGT) — the publishers of the Mail Online and Mail on Sunday.
The case has been filed at the London High Court.
The disclosure of formal court action was made at a press conference at the offices of British law firm Carter-Ruck by Alasdair Pepper and Antonia Foster, who are representing Shehbaz in his legal case against the paper.
Shehbaz was present with his lawyers at the press conference where the announcement was made.
Pepper confirmed that the defamation claim has been issued at the London High Court’s Queen’s Bench Division against defendants DMGT and David Rose, author of the story.
He confirmed that Mail Publications are in receipt of the claim form.
It is understood that the case will go to trial before a judge at the Royal Court of Justice in under a year as the minimum time to get a trial date is between nine months to a year.
The lawyer said that Carter-Ruck had decided to move the court after failing to get a substantive response from the newspaper in several months, despite repeated requests.

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