Tommy Robinson is becoming sued for £100,000 over opinions about a Syrian refugee who was filmed currently being attacked in a faculty playground, the boy’s law firm has claimed.
A video exhibiting Jamal Hijazi, 16, being pushed to the ground and threatened with drowning at Almondbury School in Huddersfield provoked outrage and a flood of general public sympathy soon after it was shared on-line final 12 months.
English Defence League founder Robinson, 36, whose serious name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, commented on the case in a collection of Fb posts.
Tasmine Akunjee, a lawyer representing Jamal, stated his customer lodged a claim from Yaxley-Lennon at the Substantial Courtroom on Wednesday.
“It is for defamation out of statements created by Yaxley-Lennon previous yr about Jamal Hijazi,” he said.
“He made some feedback about Jamal becoming included with attacks from youthful white women at the university, which are untrue.
“Jamal endured damage due to the fact of that, to his name, so he’s suing Yaxley-Lennon for that.”
Mr Akunjee mentioned lawyers are asking for £100,000 in damages, introducing that Robinson has 28 times to file a defence.
On Tuesday, High Courtroom judges made a decision Robinson will experience a new court hearing more than an allegation of contempt of court docket, following an application by Legal professional General Geoffrey Cox.
Robinson was jailed for 13 months in Could very last yr just after he filmed men and women associated in a prison demo at Leeds Crown Courtroom and broadcast the footage on social media.
The sentence bundled 3 months for a contempt at Canterbury Crown Courtroom in Could 2017, which was suspended at the time.
He served two months in advance of getting freed soon after a discovering of contempt was overturned by the Court docket of Enchantment.
Robinson could be sent again to jail if he is yet again uncovered in contempt, which carries a greatest sentence of two yrs, at a listening to in July.
– Push Affiliation