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Andrew Morton fined for defamation.


A defamation fine of KES6m (GBP45,700) is to be paid by British biographer Andrew Morton to Kenya's Chief Justice Evan Gicheru after the author allegedly claimed in Moi: The Making of an African Statesman, his 1998 biography of former Kenyan president Daniel arap Moi, that Gicheru had received favours from officials.

According to the BBC, Gicheru was originally awarded KES2.5m (GBP19,000) in 2000 but has subsequently argued that he deserved USD400,000 (GBP225,000) in compensation to reflect his standing in society.

Kenya's Court of Appeal found in favour of Gicheru on Friday (14 October) but ruled that Morton should be made to pay compensation of KES6m (GBP45,700) rather than the amount requested Gicheru.

Morton, who is best known for his biography of Princess Diana, has also completed biographies of celebrities including pop singer Madonna and England footballer David Beckham and his wife Victoria.
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Title Annotation:Evan Gicheru to be paid
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Date:Oct 18, 2005
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