Mail on Sunday defeated again by Maria Fernandes

Wife of Keith Vaz wins second libel action against the newspaper

Maria Fernandes, solicitor and wife of Labour politician Keith Vaz, has today (22 January 2003) won her second libel action against the Mail on Sunday.
The newspaper alleged in June 2001 that Fernandes, principal of Fernandes Vaz solicitors, had used her contacts with senior immigration officials to bypass the procedures for the regulation of British passport applications to enable a Venezuelan client facing a criminal prosecution for fraud to obtain a passport.
The Mail on Sunday has agreed to pay Fernandes’ costs and substantial damages yet to be assessed.