A lawyer for the 15-year-old Syrian boy who was bullied last year is planning to sue Tommy Robinson for making “defamatory” statements and using Facebook to raise money for himself and those involved in the bullying.
Abdulnaser Youssef launched a crowdfunding website to fund the legal case against Tommy Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Lennon, Facebook and other social media outlets which have allowed Robinson to make the “defamatory” comments.
“I am Jamal’s litigation friend and am raising money to assist with funding a lawsuit against Steven Lennon (AKA Tommy Robinson) which arises out of false comments he made on various social media platforms about Jamal” Youssef said.
“We will be bringing an action in defamation against Lennon, we are also exploring bringing a claim against Facebook and other social media platforms which have been exploited by Lennon to publish his false and damaging comments made in respect of Jamal” he added.
On November 27th 2018, a video surfaced on Twitter that showed 15-year-old Jamal being attacked by another pupil aged 16, where he is pushed and then shoved and pinned to the ground and has water poured onto his face.
The very next day Robinson produced a video, which was widely shared on Facebook and YouTube, in which he falsely claimed that Jamal had previously assaulted one student, the family of this student denied the claims by Robinson and stated that Jamal was not involved.
The 16-year-old male pupil has since been arrested and is facing assault charges from West Yorkshire Police as the investigation against him continues. Robinson also raised funds for the 16-year-old.
In regards to Robinson’s use of social media to spread the alleged defamatory statements, Youseff said:
“We are exploring routes by which the social media platforms that provide a means of dissemination to Lennon can also be attached to this action. This process will involve a full review of the various statute and common law remedies available to help protect an individual’s reputation and to recover damage caused by defamatory remarks.”
Jamal’s sister, who also attended the same school, was a victim of assault as well after footage emerged showing a girl wearing a hijab being shoved by another girl from behind before being pushed again and falling to the ground.
Notes: https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/jamalrobinsondefamation/  https://www.islam21c.com/news-views/sister-of-syrian-refugee-assaulted-in-huddersfield-school-also-attacked/