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R. v. Galea, 1863

[press laws]

R. v. Galea

Consular Court, Egypt
Source: Launceston Examiner (Tasmania), 12 December 1863


(From the Sydney Morning Herald.)

A woman, named Enrichetta Galea, the proprietor of a printing establishment in Alexandria, had been summoned in the British Consular Court for non-compliance with the 8th section of the Act 60 George II, which provides that any person who shall print or publish for sale a certain class of newspaper without having previously given security, shall forfeit £20 for each offence.  The Court adjudged that the 8th section of the Act above mentioned did apply to cases which might occur in Egypt within the sphere of consular jurisdiction.  The Judge said that though it had been proved that the defendant had printed the paper called Il Popolo for sale, there had not been sufficient evidence to show that the Argus had been printed in her office. If the regulations of the Government had been duly published, he should have inflicted the full penalties imposed by the law.  Under the circumstances of the case, however, he should dismiss the summons without making an order for costs.

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