Iceland’s Top Court Orders Valitor to Process WikiLeaks Payments

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.

To contact the reporter on this story: Omar R. Valdimarsson in Reykjavik at valdimarsson@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jonas Bergman at jbergman@bloomberg.net

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