Tommy Robinson ordered to pay £100,000 to Syrian refugee after losing libel case


Tommy Robinson ordered to pay £100,000 to Syrian refugee after losing libel case

However, in a judgment delivered on Thursday, Mr Justice Nicklin ruled in Jamal’s favour and granted him £100,000 in damages.

Catrin Evans QC, for Jamal, previously said that Robinson’s comments led to the teenager “facing dea-th threats and extremist agitation” and that he should receive damages of between £150,000 and £190,000.

During the trial, Ms Evans described Mr Robinson as “a well-known extreme-right advocate” with an “anti-Muslim agenda” who used social media to spread his views.

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

However, Mr Robinson maintained he was an independent journalist during the trial, telling the court: “The media simply had zero interest in the other side of this story, the uncomfortable truth.”

Jamal Hijazi’s lawyers have welcomed Mr Justice Nicklin’s judgment in favour of the 18-year-old.

Francesca Flood, from Burlingtons Legal, said: “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 Yaxley-Lennon.

“We are delighted that Jamal has been entirely vindicated.”

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

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