Jackson may be too unwell to travel to UK court

Tue Nov 18, 2008 10:50am EST
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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters) - Singer Michael Jackson may be too sick to travel to London to give evidence in a court case against him brought by a son of the king of Bahrain, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

Robert Englehart presented judge Nigel Sweeney with a medical report on Jackson's condition which was not read out in open court.

"On a best-case prognosis, it would be unwise for him to travel given what he's got now," he told the High Court, declining to elaborate on Jackson's condition.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad al-Khalifa, the second son of the king of Bahrain, says Jackson reneged on a contract to record a new album and write an autobiography, and owed him $7 million.

Jackson wants to give evidence via video link from the west coast of the United States.

Sweeney said he planned to rule on whether Jackson would be allowed to do so or not on Thursday morning to give medical experts from both sides time to talk.

If he rules in favor of a video link, Jackson is expected to begin testifying on Monday or Tuesday.

Bankim Thanki, representing al-Khalifa, said the medical evidence produced was "pretty unsubstantial" and that Jackson's illness, even if positively proven, would be easy to cope with.   Continued...

<p>File photo shows Michael Jackson at a U.S. military base west of Tokyo, March 10, 2007. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoo</p>