F1's Mad Max loses out - again

2011-05-10 12:09
MAD MAX: Former FIA boss Max Mosley is still rankled about his private life having been exposed.

MAD MAX: Former FIA boss Max Mosley is still rankled about his private life having been exposed.

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STRASBOURG, France — The European Court of Human Rights dismissed on Tuesday a case brought by former world motorsport chief Max Mosley, who sought to impose press curbs after he was was embroiled in a sex scandal.

He took the case to the Strasbourg-based court arguing that British law had failed to protect his private life and sought a change in the law that would force newspapers to warn people before exposing their private lives.

The seven judges said in a statement they had found no violation of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which protects private and family life.

Mosley, 70, had already won a case in a British court against the News of the World tabloid that published a front page story entitled "F1 boss has sick Nazi orgy with 5 hookers."

But he argued that he remained a victim of a violation by the UK of his right to privacy, as the R660 000 damages he received in his action against the paper was unable to restore his privacy to him after million of people has seen the embarrassing report.

Max Mosley headed the International Motoring Federation (FIA) from 1993-2009 and is generally credited with helping to improve F1 safety and ensuring Bernie Ecclestone's dominance of the sport, after the FIA signed over F1's commercial rights to Ecclestone in 1995 for a period of 15 years.

A former barrister, Mosley is the son of controversial former British politician Sir Oswald Mosley - founder of the British Union of Fascists.

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