3 OCTOBER 2001

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Exotique rebuts piracy allegations in court

Grace Borg, the owner of local music chain store Exotique, this week filed a protest in the Civil Court rebutting earlier allegations made by six hawkers that she was connected to a copyright investigation being led by the police.

Grace Borg filed the protest as representative of Visual and Sound Communications Limited against Martin Cachia, Chris Hughes, Reno Buhagiar, Joseph Difesa, Michael Sultana and Richard Mercieca.

Defendants had filed a judicial protest on 28 September stating that Mrs Borg herself was the subject of a police investigation related to pirated CDs and other counterfeit objects. In their protest, the six hawkers – who are themselves under police investigation for related offences – had also stated that Borg was interfering in police proceedings against them by being allowed to be present during such investigations and to give her advice when it was being determined whether certain products were counterfeit or not.

Such allegations were not only damaging her business goodwill but also her personal reputation, Borg stated in the protest. The protest concluded by asking the court to liquidate damages in excess of Lm5,000.

Dr Patrick Galea is appearing on behalf of plaintiff.



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