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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Rights Court Ruling

STRASBOURG, France -- The European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday that Britain denied a fair trial to Ernest Saunders, ex-chairman of the Guinness plc drinks group, who was convicted of fraud in 1990.

The judges voted by 16-to-4 that Britain violated Saunders' rights by forcing him to give statements to government inspectors that were later used as incriminating evidence at his trial.

The court ordered Britain to pay Saunders, who was sacked as chairman of Guinness in 1987, ?75,000 ($124,500) in legal costs.