5 Jul 2011

Businessman guilty of contempt over web publication

6:56 am on 5 July 2011

An American businessman living in Auckland has been found guilty of contempt of court and ordered to remove from his website a suppressed High Court decision.

The High Court last month heard the case against Vince Siemer relating to his publication of Justice Winkelmann's decision that those arrested in a series of police raids in 2007 would be tried by a judge alone.

In yesterday's decision, Justices Mackenzie and Simon France found Vince Siemer deliberately breached Justice Winkelmann's order that her reasons for her decision should not be published.

Siemer's lawyer had questioned during the hearing whether she had the right to suppress her reasons.

However Justices Mackenzie and France have found the suppression order was properly made, in order to protect the fair trial rights of the accused.

A hearing relating to what penalty will be imposed on Siemer will be held at a later date.