EDL founder Tommy Robinson loses libel case introduced by Syrian schoolboy

Tommy Robinson was arrested after the altercation. File pic

2021-07-22 18:42:00

English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson has misplaced a libel case introduced by a Syrian schoolboy who was filmed being attacked at a Huddersfield college.

After the video went viral in 2018, Robinson claimed in two Fb movies that Jamal Hijazi was “not harmless and he violently assaults younger English women in his college”.

His legal professionals stated the feedback had “a devastating impact” on him and his household, who had come to the UK as refugees, forcing them to maneuver dwelling and abandon his training.

A decide on Thursday dominated in Jamal’s favour, granting him £100,000 in damages, and likewise imposed an injunction to cease Robinson repeating the allegations.

The Fb movies in response to the assault at Almondbury Group Faculty in October 2018 had been considered practically 1,000,000 occasions.

Robinson additionally claimed within the clips that Jamal, now 18, “beat a woman black and blue” and “threatened to stab” one other boy – allegations {the teenager} denies.

The case went to trial in April and Robinson – who represented himself – argued his feedback had been true and claimed to have “uncovered dozens of accounts of aggressive, abusive and deceitful behaviour” by {the teenager}.

Jamal’s lawyer, Catrin Evans QC, stated the feedback had led to dying threats and “extremist agitation”.

Ms Evans informed the courtroom Mr Robinson had an “anti-Muslim agenda” and that his movies “turned Jamal into the aggressor and the bully right into a righteous white knight”.

Robinson – whose actual title is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon – claimed throughout the trial that he was an impartial journalist.

“The media merely had zero curiosity within the different facet of this story, the uncomfortable fact,” he stated.

However in Thursday’s ruling the decide stated Jamal had suffered “significantly extreme” penalties and that Robinson’s try to show his allegations had fallen “woefully quick”.

The decide stated his actions had been “a deliberate effort to painting the claimant as being… a violent aggressor” utilizing language “calculated to inflame the state of affairs”.

He stated Robinson had failed to point out Jamal had been aggressive or abusive in direction of feminine employees or pupils.

“There isn’t any hint of any such behaviour by the claimant in these [school] information. Quite the opposite, his behavioural report is overwhelmingly optimistic,” stated Mr Justice Nicklin.

He added that the varsity assault on Jamal was not racially motivated, and that the opposite boy concerned was additionally a sufferer and wrongly portrayed as a racist bully.

In addition to the damages, Robinson was additionally ordered to pay Jamal’s authorized prices – however he informed the courtroom he was bankrupt.

“I’ve not received any cash. I am bankrupt. I’ve struggled massively with my very own points these final 12 months… I ain’t received it,” he stated.

Talking after the ruling, Jamal Hijazi’s legal professionals stated it had taken nice braveness for him to pursue the case.

“We’re delighted that Jamal has been solely vindicated,” stated Francesca Flood from Burlingtons Authorized.

“Jamal and his household now want to put this matter behind them so that they will get on with their lives.

“They do nevertheless want to prolong their gratitude to the Nice British public for his or her help and generosity, with out which this authorized motion wouldn’t have been potential.”

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