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Muslim accused as ‘fanatic’ wins libel damages against The Sun

July 1, 2012

Wednesday, November 30. 2005

Muslim accused as ‘fanatic’ wins libel damages against The Sun

A British Muslim portrayed by the Sun newspaper as being a “fanatical terrorist warlord” won a court case here Tuesday and was awarded an undisclosed sum as libel damages.

Mohamed El Guerbouzi, a devout Muslim who has lived in London for 30 years, had brought high court proceedings over two reports in The Sun newspaper in March 2004 and July this year.

His counsel John Samson told the court that the paper wrongly accused him of being on the run in England and named him as a major Al Qaeda suspect connected to bombings in Madrid and London.

In fact, Samson said, El Guerbouzi, a British national of Moroccan origin, had no involvement with terrorism or bombings in London or abroad.

Solicitor Joanna Workman, acting for the Sun, apologised to El Guerbouzi and his family for the upset caused. The Sun withdrew the allegations and agreed not to repeat them. It also agreed to pay him damages and his legal costs.

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