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URI GELLER WINS JAPANESE LEGAL ACTION

 LONDON, March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Israeli psychic Uri Geller today won a legal action against his long-time critic, magician James Randi, of Plantation, Fla.
 The case was brought by Mr. Geller, world renowned for bending spoons with his mind, following a 1989 interview by Randi in the monthly "Days Japan" published by Kodansha, one of Japan's largest publishing houses. Judgment on co-defendant Kodansha is expected on May 17.
 Attorney Yoichi Kitamura, representing Mr. Geller, said that Randi, in the interview, had asserted that metallurgist Dr. Wilbur Franklin, who had endorsed Mr. Geller's psychic metal bending, was so ashamed when Randi discredited Geller that Franklin shot himself. In fact Franklin had died from natural causes, he added.
 Mr. Geller alleged the interview was defamatory and damaging to his business. His lawyer told the Tokyo District Court Randi had characterized Mr. Geller as an uncaring "sociopath". The Japanese court ruled that Randi's statements constituted an"insult" against Geller, and awarded damages against Randi.
 Speaking from his home in Berkshire, England, Mr. Geller today said he was pleased with the Japanese verdict. He had felt compelled to bring the case "because of concern about the libelous and false statements my children may read one day. I went to court in search of justice and vindication."
 He expects today's verdict to be the first in a series of judgments that will "set the record straight".
 Mr. Geller has written several books and has applied his talents to business, especially in the psychic location of oil and minerals.
 He is currently working on a new book that will reveal abuses of the psychic and discuss cults and the dark side of the paranormal. It will include revelations about his work for intelligence agencies, and his quest for the Holy Ark of the Covenant, which he believes he has found.
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