The Apple Daily was ordered yesterday to foot the ICAC's legal bill for the tussle over the validity of two search warrants executed on its offices. The Court of Appeal, which in January rejected the newspaper's fight against the warrants, ruled the loser should pay for the battle. Chief Judge Patrick Chan Siu-oi said: 'The appellant chose to challenge the validity of the warrants [and] failed before the lower court, and its appeal to this court also failed.' Mr Justice Brian Keith and Mr Justice Woo Kwok-hing agreed there was no reason to depart from the general rule that the loser should pay. Costs are expected to run into tens of thousands of dollars at least. Peter Duncan, for Apple, had argued the Independent Commission Against Corruption was to blame for defects on the warrants which formed the core of the challenge. The officers also had failed to follow the statutory language in drafting the warrants and diverted from legal procedures, Mr Duncan said. 'These problems were problems of the respondent's own making,' he said. The defects were ruled not to have invalidated the warrants. ICAC officers executed the warrants in November to seize material including classified police documents and two computers in a cash-for-tip-offs investigation.