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article imageMagazine ordered to surrender topless photos of Kate Middleton

By Darren Weir     Sep 18, 2012 in World
A French judge has ordered Closer magazine to stop re-publishing or distributing photos of the Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing topless. It also has 24 hours to hand over the original photos or face a daily fine of 10,000 euros.
The BBC quotes royal officials saying William and Kate welcomed the decision, adding that the couple "always believed the law had been broken" and they were entitled to their privacy.
The royal couple asked for a court injunction against the Closer publishers, Mondadori. And prosecutors say they are now considering if there are grounds to lay criminal charges for breach of privacy, receiving and complicity.
Closer published 14 photographs, taken while the duchess was sunbathing during a private holiday with Prince William at a French chateau in Provence earlier this month.
The royal couple's lawyer, Aurelien Hamelle, argued that the scenes photographed were intimate and personal and had no place on the front page of a magazine.
The court ruled, "These snapshots which showed the intimacy of a couple, partially naked on the terrace of a private home, surrounded by a park several hundred metres from a public road, and being able to legitimately assume that they are protected from passers-by, are by nature particularly intrusive."
The French court injunction doesn't cover publications outside France.
On Monday, Italian magazine Chi published 26 pages of the photos. The magazine is owned by the same company that owns Closer, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's Mondadori Media group.
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