Libel payout for Muslim worker in BBC claim

Children in Need not connected to 7/7 bombers

A leading Muslim community worker in Leeds has accepted substantial undisclosed libel damages over a claim on Newsnight that Children in Need money was passed to the 7/7 bombers.

Hanif Malik, who has for many years been involved with the Leeds Initiative Board, Voluntary Action Leeds, the Leeds Initiative Regeneration Board, Leeds Voice and the Hamara Healthy Living Centre in Beeston, brought his claim over a report broadcast in August last year.

His solicitor, Louis Charalambous, told Mr Justice Butterfield at London’s High Court that the programme alleged funds from Children in Need, which had been paid to a charitable organisation called Leeds Community School, was improperly diverted to a neighbouring bookshop to assist the production of radical Islamist propaganda and to give financial support to some of the men who were later responsible for the 2005 London bombings.
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He added that the BBC fully accepted Mr Malik’s assurance that no Children in Need money was passed to the bookshop or the bombers and was not used to pay for any propaganda.
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- Source: Libel payout for Muslim worker in BBC claim, Press Association via the Doncaster Free Press (UK), Feb. 3, 2009 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

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