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Tommy Robinson: Far-right activist ordered to pay £100,000 in damages to Syrian refugee

A British activist has been ordered to pay £100,000 in damages to a Syrian refugee for libelling him on Fb.

Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, higher often known as Tommy Robinson, is the founding father of the far-right English Defence League.

In October 2018 he responded on-line to a viral clip that confirmed Jamal Hijazi, then 15 years previous, being attacked by fellow pupils at his college in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

In two follow-up movies seen by not less than 950,000 folks and shared 25,000 occasions, Robinson falsely claimed {the teenager} had beforehand attacked “younger English ladies” at his college.

In a judgement issued on Thursday, the Excessive Courtroom threw out Robinson’s defence of reality, discovering he had “woefully” didn’t show the claims and “even added to them in the course of the proceedings”.

Mr Justice Nicklin ordered Robinson to pay £100,000 in damages to Hijazi, in addition to court docket prices thought to run to tons of of hundreds of kilos.

Jamal Hijazi got here to the UK together with his household in October 2016 as a part of the UK authorities’s Syrian refugee resettlement programme.

After the movies have been posted, he stated in his impression assertion, he obtained a barrage of abuse and undesirable contact on social media, pushing him to cease utilizing his actual title.

Police instructed Hijazi’s household to maintain all of the doorways and home windows locked shut when he was alone in the home. However finally, he stated, “it was unsafe to even stroll to the native retailers with out receiving verbal abuse”.

“My household and I have been compelled to relocate from Huddersfield and transfer to a distinct a part of the nation to keep away from dangers to mine and my household’s security. This induced me and my household lots of misery and unhappiness as we had not lengthy been settled inside the UK.”

He additionally needed to stop a piece placement with a neighborhood pharmacist on leaving Huddersfield and couldn’t take his GCSEs.

“The defendant is answerable for this hurt,” Justice Nicklin stated, “a number of the scars of which, significantly the impression on the claimant’s schooling, are prone to final for a few years, if not a lifetime.”

Robinson instructed the court docket he was bankrupt throughout proceedings regardless of having beforehand obtained tons of of hundreds of kilos in donations from right-wing teams within the UK.

He has been jailed twice for contempt of court docket for filming at UK court docket premises and posting prejudicial statements throughout felony trials involving Muslim defendants.

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