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« Reply #100 on: June 06, 2018, 03:46:11 pm »

Colourful QC and scourge of warlords de Silva dies at 78

One of Britain’s most successful and entertaining QCs Sir Desmond de Silva, who was married to the Queen’s cousin Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia, has died aged 78 following heart surgery.

Sri-Lankan born Sir Desmond, who prosecuted some of the world’s most notorious war criminals, brought former Liberian president and warlord Charles Taylor to justice in The Hague.

Dubbed the Scarlet Pimpernel for saving so many defendants from execution in foreign lands, he also became a great defender of English football, representing John Terry, Lee Bowyer and former Manchester United manager Ron Atkinson.

He married Katarina, who was 21 years his junior, in 1987, but they divorced in 2010 after he announced to her that she wasn’t intelligent enough for him. The couple have one daughter, Victoria.

Just last year he published his memoirs Madam, Where Are Your Mangoes?, and among the guests at the launch party was a man who once attempted to kill him.

His would-be assailant was landowner Daniel Chadwick, who drunkenly burst into de Silva’s bedroom at a country house weekend ‘with a sword in his extended hand’ after he mistakenly thought the lawyer was in bed with his girlfriend.

Sir Desmond, in fact, survived several attempts on his life and had his brandy poisoned during a trial in Africa. Yesterday his publisher Naim Attallah paid tribute to his author: ‘What Desmond has achieved is certainly the envy of many of us and is likely to dwarf anything we aspire to.’

He had a mischievous sense of humour, asking Lord Archer in an Old Bailey lift whether the author, on trial for perjury, was ‘going down’.

He was also fond of armagnac and threatened to sue a newspaper for reporting that he spent £400 a week on his favourite tipple. ‘Outrageous slur that damages my reputation,’ he griped. ‘I spend much more.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5810069/Brazilian-wife-Boris-Johnsons-brother-spreads-wings-feathered-carnival-costume.html
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