The African Chief, His Angry Ex and Scottish Judge's Trip to Paris
Byline: BRIAN HORNE
THEIR dedication to upholding the law is legendary.
So when a Scottish judge was offered an expensespaid trip to Paris to help settle a court case, he could not refuse.
Lord Macphail had the chance to hear evidence in the bizarre case between an African chief and his former mistress via video-link.
But, deciding that ' credibility and reliability' might be important, he accepted the offer of a trip to the French capital instead.
The unusual move emerged yesterday when wealthy Chief Oladeinde Fernandez offered to bring the judge to his chateau to help settle the row.
Aduke Fernandez, who lives in Edinburgh's New Town, claims the chief has reneged on a deal to pay her [pounds sterling]30,000 a month. He is contesting an action that she has raised at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.
Lord Macphail was due to begin hearing evidence yesterday but was handed a bundle of sick notes by the chief's lawyer, Morag Wise, QC.
The court heard that Chief Fernandez, also known as Ambassador Antonio Deinde Fernandez, was taken to the American Hospital in Paris in September suffering from a heart problem.
He also has a medical history of asthma, malaria and anxiety.
The chief's doctors had advised against travelling to Edinburgh, especially by air, but his lawyer said both sides wanted to go ahead with the court case.
In a move known as taking evidence on commission, she proposed that Lord Macphail go to Paris to hear her client's side of the case.
She added: ' The extra expenses to convene the court in Paris instead of in Edinburgh will be met by the defence in the first instance.' The court also heard that if scheduled flights were not suitable, the chief might make his own private transport available.
Heriot Currie, QC, counsel for Aduke Fernandez,opposed the idea. He suggested the court set up a live video link to enable the chief to give his evidence. …