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Raja v Van Hoogstraen, High Court

15 October 2002
The issues

Failure to Comply with Court Orders – Contempt of Court

The facts

The Defendant had been ordered to file evidence revealing and verifying his assets. He had failed to do so. Although he was currently on remand at HMP Bellmarsh awaiting sentence for manslaughter, he was aware of the Orders and he had been given an extension of time to enable him to comply.

The decision

The Defendant was wilfully disobeying Court Orders. No explanation had been given. He was in contempt of Court and would be fined £200,000.00, suspended by 28 days. The fine would increase every week by 10% until compliance.

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