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Three businessmen central to the 1986 Guinness scandal have had their convictions referred to the Court of Appeal. Former chairman of Guinness Ernest Saunders, stockbroker Anthony Parnes and founder of the Heron empire Gerald Ronson, were convicted for their actions at the time of the #2.6bn takeover bid made by Guinness for rival drinks company Distillers. Three judges will later this year appeal to have their convictions quashed. The full story is at

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