Thursday, 13 January 2011

Mail apologises to woman over death of her husband

An apology to Lily Safra from the Mail, which was published online two days ago:

Further to an article about the murder of Edmond Safra, we wish to make it clear there was no intention to suggest that Mr Safra's widow Lily was involved in his death. We accept that there is no basis for such a suggestion and apologise for any distress caused.

A Mail article from last year headlined 'So who DID murder Gilded Lily Safra's billionaire husband?' has vanished from their website.

UPDATE - As Minority Thought points out in the comments, the Press Gazette reported last week that Safra has launched legal action against the Mail:

In legal papers filed with the High Court by her London lawyers Mishcon de Reya, Safra says the story claimed there were reasonable grounds to suspect she was involved in the murder of her late husband, banker Edmond Safra.

Safra is seeking aggravated damages from Associated Newspapers claiming the article included two misleading headlines, with a photograph designed to put her at the very centre of allegations over the “unsolved” murder of her husband.

She is also seeking an injunction banning repetition of the allegations at the heart of her legal claim.

Safra argues the paper knew the story was false and that it was strikingly similar to a Mail on Sunday story for which she received an apology.

In addition, she says, the Daily Mail treated her complaint about the article contemptuously, failed to publish an apology or remove its online version of the story.

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