Skooter reports 10/14/10
STRASBOURG, France—Princess Caroline of Monaco is seeking to prevent photos being published in two German magazines without her approval, appealed on Wednesday to the European Court of Human Rights to protect and respect her privacy.
Her lawyer Matthias Prinz vehemently denounced against Germany's courts system for not outlawing the republication of photos of her in a bathing costume and her German husband Ernst August of Hanover on holiday at the exclusive Swiss resort of Saint Moritz.
The published photos which appeared between 2002 and 2004 in Frau im Spiegel and Frau Aktuell were articles about the poor health of Prince Rainier of Monaco, her father who died in 2005.
The German lawyers for the state contended that the 53-year-old princess as "heir to the throne of a Council of Europe member state is a public figure" and the articles and photos could have played a role to public deliberation about the prince's health and the future of the principality.
The German Constitutional Court had ruled in 2008 that the pictures were "a subject of general interest."
The European court is to give its ruling in the case in several months