Merk argiewe: libel

Tommy Robinson to pay Syrian schoolboy £100k after losing libel claim

TOMMY Robinson has lost a libel claim brought by a Syrian schoolboyand will have to pay £100,000 in damages.

The English Defence League founder was sued by Jamal Hijazi, who was filmed being attacked at Almondbury Community School in Huddersfield, West Yorks, In Oktober 2018.

Tommy Robinson has lost a libel claim brought by a Syrian schoolboy (File picture)

Tommy Robinson has lost a libel claim brought by a Syrian schoolboy (File picture)Krediet: PA

Shortly after the video of the incident went viral, Mr Robinson claimed in two Facebook videos that Jamal wasnot innocent and he violently attacks young English girls in his school”.

In the clips viewed by nearly one million people, the 38-year-old also claimed Jamalbeat a girl black and blue” en “threatened to stabanother boy at his school, allegations the teenager denies.

At a four-day trial in April, Jamal’s lawyers said that Mr Robinson’s comments hada devastating effecton the schoolboy and his family who had come to the UK as refugees from Homs, Sirië.

In a judgment delivered today at the High Court, Mr Justice Nicklin ruled in Jamal’s favour and granted him £100,000 in damages.

Robinson, who represented himself, claimed his comments were substantially true and he haduncovered dozens of accounts of aggressive, abusive and deceitful behaviourby Jamal.

‘DEATH THREATS

Catrin Evans QC, for Jamal, previously said that Robinson’s comments led to the teenagerfacing death threats and extremist agitationand that he should receive damages of between £150,000 and £190,000.

Tydens die verhoor, Ms Evans described Mr Robinson asa well-known extreme-right advocatewith ananti-Muslim agendawho used social media to spread his views.

She added that Mr Robinson’s videosturned Jamal into the aggressor and the bully into a righteous white knight”.

Robinson claimed he had been acting as an independent journalist during the trial, telling the court that the media “had zero interest in the other side of this story”.

Francesca Flood, from Burlingtons Legal, gesê: “It took great courage for our client, Jamal Hijazi, to pursue his libel action against such a prominent far-right and anti-Islam activist as Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, better known as Tommy Robinson.

We are delighted that Jamal has been entirely vindicated.

Jamal and his family now wish to put this matter behind them in order that they can get on with their lives.

They do however wish to extend their gratitude to the Great British public for their support and generosity, without which this legal action would not have been possible.

A hearing will follow today’s judgment to consider the consequences of the ruling.

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