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Jonathan Spelman's Privacy Injunction Refused By High Court

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The High Court today refused to continue a privacy injunction won by Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman's teenage son Jonathan, but the order remains in place pending any appeal.

But the order continues until at least 4pm next Friday to give 17-year-old Mr Spelman, who is suing through his mother and father Mark, an opportunity to ask the Court of Appeal for permission to challenge Mr Justice Tugendhat's ruling.

Mr Spelman was granted the order preventing the publication of sensitive personal information in the Daily Star Sunday by Mr Justice Lindblom at a private hearing earlier this month.

The judge said the information, which was leaked to the newspaper, attracted a reasonable expectation of privacy and publication would not advance the public interest.

But today, Mr Justice Tugendhat concluded that it was "not necessary or proportionate" to continue the injunction.

The court heard that the Spelman family, who were not present, had already incurred legal costs of £60,994.

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