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Mosley expects criminal action against NOTW

FIA president Max Mosley expects criminal action to be taken against those responsible for breaching his privacy now that he has successfully won his civil case against the News of the World in the English High Court.

In a letter that Mosley has sent to the presidents of the national motorsport authorities, informing them of the 60,000 in damages he won from the News of the World, he has vowed to pursue further action throughout Europe where breaches of privacy are a criminal offence.

"As you may know, although what the newspaper did is a civil matter in England, it is criminal in other countries, notably France, Germany and Italy," he wrote in the letter, a copy of which has been seen by autosport.com.

"A complaint has been made to the relevant public authorities and I anticipate action in the near future. In each case it is possible to join a civil complaint to the criminal proceedings and my lawyers intend to do this. Again, any damages recovered will be given to a suitable charity."

Mosley also reiterated his apologies to the FIA for any embarrassment caused by his private life being made public, but has added that he hopes some good may come out of the matter eventually.

"Once more I should like to say how sorry I am for the annoyance and embarrassment this matter has caused," he said. "I hope that, ultimately, bringing to justice those responsible will mitigate the effects and, above all, deter others from such gross invasions of privacy."

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