Iceland’s Supreme Court ordered Valitor hf, the Icelandic partner of MasterCard Inc. (MA) and Visa Inc. (V), to process card payments for anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks within 15 days or face daily penalties.
If the company fails to comply it will be forced to pay 800,000 kronur ($6,800) in daily penalties, according to the ruling posted on the Reykjavik-based court’s website today.
The court also said Valitor must honor a contract with Icelandic data-hosting service provider DataCell. The payment card company had refused to process payments for DataCell because DataCell had signed a contract to process payments for WikiLeaks.
Valitor’s refusal to process WikiLeaks payments “shall be considered baseless,” according to the ruling posted on the Reykjavik-based court’s website. Valitor “is required to open a payment portal in accordance with its cooperation agreement” with DataCell.
Valitor Chief Executive Officer Vidar Thorkelsson didn’t immediately respond to a call for comment after regular business hours.
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