A schoolboy who went viral after he was filmed being ‘waterboarded’ is suing Tommy Robinson for libel.
Robinson, whose actual title is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, claimed on Fb that Jamal Hijazi, 16, had attacked white schoolchildren.
Courtroom papers declare he ‘peddled false and defamatory lies’.
Footage of Syrian refugee Jamal being bullied in Huddersfield emerged final yr. In it, boys seize him by the neck earlier than pinning him down and pouring water on him whereas on faculty grounds.
A 16-year-old boy being given a warning for racially aggravated assault.
After the video was broadly shared, Robinson wrote: ‘He violently attacked young English girls in his school. Why is this kid being portrayed as the ultimate victim in the entire country?’
Over a number of posts, Robinson claimed Jamal was not ‘that innocent’ and that he had ‘hit a girl with a hockey stick’. He additionally wrote that ‘lots of Muslim gangs are beating up white English kids’.
On the time, his Fb web page had over 1,000,000 followers, though it has since been suspended.
Lawyer Tasnime Akunje, who additionally represents Shamima Begum, told the Guardian: ‘We are lodging Jamal’s declare for damages as in opposition to Yaxley-Lennon with the court docket right this moment.
‘The claim flows from defamatory comments made by Yaxley-Lennon about Jamal in the latter part of 2018.’
Jamal advised the paper: ‘After he posted the video we were very scared and we got lots of threats from people because of what he said about me hitting those girls. I had never even spoken to these girls but people in the area started threatening us.’.
The libel case comes as Excessive Courtroom judges have given the go-ahead for recent contempt of court docket proceedings to be introduced in opposition to Tommy Robinson.
The previous English Nationwide Defence (EDL) chief faces an allegation he dedicated contempt by filming folks in a prison trial and broadcasting footage on social media.
Two judges gave permission for a brand new case to be introduced in opposition to him on the Outdated Bailey in London on Tuesday, following an software by the Legal professional Basic Geoffrey Cox QC.
Robinson was jailed for 13 months in Might final yr after he filmed folks concerned in a prison trial at Leeds Crown Courtroom and broadcast the footage on social media.
However a contempt discovering made in opposition to Robinson was quashed by the Courtroom of Attraction in August and he was free of jail after serving two months of his sentence.
The case was then referred again to the Legal professional Basic, who introduced in March that it was within the public curiosity to convey recent proceedings in opposition to Robinson.
The 36-year-old, from Luton, might be despatched again to jail if he is once more present in contempt, which carries a most sentence of two years.