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WorldUK court blocks bid to prosecute PM Johnson over Brexit bus claim

16:00  14 august  2019
16:00  14 august  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Marcus Ball, 29, wanted to bring the crowdfunded private prosecution against Johnson for misconduct in public office over a claim emblazoned on his bright red "Leave" campaign bus that Britain would be 350 million pounds ($445 million) a week better off outside the EU.

In May, a magistrate agreed that Johnson should be summoned to court to face the charges. But that decision was overturned by London's High Court in June after judges agreed with the lawyer for Johnson - who became prime minister in July while the case was ongoing - that the magistrate's decision was flawed.

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The case revolved around a claim famously emblazoned on Johnson ’s “Leave” campaign bus that Britain would be £ Businessman Marcus Ball, 29, had tried to prosecute Johnson for misconduct in a public office and last month, a judge said Johnson must appear in court over the allegation.

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The lawyer also argued the case was politically motivated and the judges said the magistrate was wrong not to have considered it to be "vexatious."

Ball had asked for permission to appeal that decision to the Supreme Court but on Wednesday his application to do so was refused by the High Court.

"This is a case of alleged misconduct in public office against the prime minister of the United Kingdom concerning repeated lies about the spending of the public purse," Ball said in a statement after the decision.

"It concerns the duties of Members of Parliament and mayors of London and as such goes to the heart of the United Kingdom’s democratic process and public trust in it. Yet, according to Lady Justice Rafferty these are not matters of public importance."

He said he was considering taking his case to European courts or appealing directly to the Supreme Court or launching another prosecution case against Johnson. (Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Stephen Addison)

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