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Teen Wins Libel Case Against Tommy Robinson, U.K. Far-Right Activist

LONDON — Tommy Robinson, a British far-right activist, misplaced a libel case on Thursday filed by a Syrian teenager who had been filmed being attacked at his college, after Mr. Robinson falsely claimed the boy had himself violently attacked classmates.

Mr. Robinson might be required to pay 100,000 kilos in damages, round $137,000, in line with the judgment handed down by Justice Matthew Nicklin throughout a distant court docket session in London’s Excessive Court docket of Justice.

Mr. Robinson, 38, whose actual identify is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was the founding father of the far-right English Protection League, a nationalist group recognized for its anti-Islam and anti-immigration stance, and violent avenue protests. Regardless of being seen as on the fringes of British life, he has additionally grow to be a distinguished determine internationally for supporters of comparable ideologies, with hyperlinks to the far proper in Europe, the US and elsewhere.

{The teenager}, Jamal Hijazi, now 17, was filmed being attacked at his college in northern England in October 2018, and after the video unfold on-line, Mr. Robinson claimed in two movies posted on his Fb web page that {the teenager} was “not harmless and he violently assaults younger English ladies in his college.”

In one of many clips, Mr. Robinson had stated that {the teenager} “beat a woman black and blue” and “threatened to stab” a boy at his college, which Mr. Hijazi denied.

Mr. Robinson represented himself on the trial, arguing that his feedback had been substantively true. His two posts in regards to the video had been collectively considered greater than 1,000,000 instances, in line with court docket paperwork.

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