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Complainant Name:
Mr Justin Michel

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Jersey Evening Post


Mr Justin Michel complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an article reporting on his appeal against an application for a confiscation order which contained inaccuracies and was misleading, in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction in the newspaper:

An article published on 22 November, 2011, reported that the then Advocate Justin Michel had been sentenced by the Royal Court for perverting the course of justice and that he was fighting a £2.3m court confiscation order.

We have been asked to make clear that Mr Michel was, in fact, sentenced for attempting to pervert the course of justice and was fighting an application for a confiscation order, no order having yet been made.

The errors are regretted. Mr Michel has also stated that the value of assets transferred to him was a matter of public record.

Date Published: 31/07/2012

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