A British lawyer was found guilty of defamation and attempting extortion by a Geneva court, as he wrote letters to intelligence services of the United States and EU, such as MI5, The CIA, and the office of Director of National Intelligence – accusing his former client, an oil trader, of financing terrorism.
The said lawyer, Mathew Parish, however, intends to appeal the conviction while stating that no investigation was carried out into the claims made by him.
The defendants, Integral Petroleum and Petroforce Trading and Shipping, on the other hand, state that the allegations leveled against it are false and made to fetch around 800,000 CHF ($781,000) in fees sought by Parish.
Parish was also ordered to pay a fine of 5000 CHF ($5,121) and full legal costs of the proceedings and given a suspended sentence of one year in prison, as well.
The court also instructed Parish to see a psychiatrist.
The U.S. Department of Justice, the CIA, Britain’s interior ministry (which oversees the MI5) and the office of Director of National Intelligence did not respond to a request for comment.