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Friday, 6 October, 2000, 20:39 GMT 21:39 UK
Guinness affair man to appeal
Anthony Parnes
Anthony Parnes: Convicted in 1990
A businessman convicted during the Guinness affair 10 years ago is to try to appeal against the verdict.

Anthony Parnes was found guilty in 1990 of colluding in an illegal share-fixing operation alongside the former Guinness chairman, Ernest Saunders.

Businessmen Gerald Ronson and Sir Jack Lyons were also found guilty.

Lawyers for Parnes announced on Friday that they had applied for the Criminal Cases Review Commission to refer the case back to the Court of Appeal.

Ernest Saunders
Ernest Saunders: Similar verdict from European Court
The move follows the decision of the European Court of Human Rights that Parnes was deprived of a fair trial in violation of the European Convention of Human Rights, the London law firm Peters & Peters said in a statement.

Judges in Strasbourg ruled in September that the prosecution's reliance on Department of Trade and Industry transcripts of interviews with the three businessmen during the fraud inquiry had violated the convention.

The European Court reached a similar verdict in the case of Saunders more than four years ago.

Keith Oliver, solicitor for Parnes, said the review commission had been invited to refer the case to the Court of Appeal within the next 28 days.

He added that if it did not do so, lawyers would consider seeking judicial review of its failure to do so.

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