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Sean Buckley sues for $3 million

Multi millionaire racehorse owner and Ultra Tune Executive Chairman Sean Buckley is suing Russell Robertson and the Herald Sun newspaper for defamation.

Sean Buckley sues for $3 million

Multi millionaire racehorse owner and Ultra Tune Executive Chairman Sean Buckley is suing Russell Robertson and the Herald Sun newspaper for defamation.

Miss Andretti wins at Royal Ascot
Miss Andretti wins at Royal Ascot
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The owner of 2007 Horse of the Year Miss Andretti and boss of after care service company Ultra Tune Sean Buckley today launched legal action in the Melbourne Supreme Court against journalist Russell Robertson and the Herald & Weekly Times over an article which appeared in News Limited newspapers earlier this month.

The article described Mr Buckley's alleged business dealings with convicted drug trafficker and accused underworld murderer Tony Mokbel.


Mr Buckley is suing Russell Robertson and News Limited for misleading and deceptive conduct, claiming the article contained several false statements, was manifestly incorrect and was clearly designed to influence and suggest to its readership that Buckley was both a close friend and business associate of the fugitive Tony Mokbel.

In his article which appeared on the front page of Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper on December 5, 2007, Russell Robertson claimed that Mr Buckley “handed about $1 million in cash to drug czar Tony Mokbel in a series of weekly payments.”

Payments related to Mr Buckley's purchase of a horse property in Kilmore owned by Mokbel's wife, brokered by the DPP, National Australia Bank, the County Court and sanctioned by Buckley's lawyers, were made known to the Herald Sun's lawyers well before the sensational front page claims.

The article also claimed that Buckley had been convicted for fraud in 1992. No such conviction was ever entered or recorded as evidenced by Buckley's police record.

Journalist Robertson has maintained that he and the Herald Sun have uncovered numerous 'sources' that have provided sworn statements in support of the claims.

Mr Buckley has responded to these allegations by questioning the credibility of these 'sources'.

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