Nadhim Zahawi Wins £338,000 Libel Payout From Press TV

Guido can reveal Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi has been awarded a stunning £338,000 payout after winning a libel case against Iranian state television channel Press TV. The channel had falsely accused Zahawi, who is of Kurdish background and was born in Iraq, of facilitating the trade of oil between ISIS and Israel. Press TV has been ordered to pay Zahawi £200,000 in damages and over £138,000 in costs after the judge described the defamatory allegations as “exceptionally grave”. The fake news story was shared by Tommy Robinson, who tweeted “Another bent Muslim politician??”, and Labour parliamentary candidate John Clarke.

Zahawi says in a statement:

“The ludicrous allegation that I, while a Member of Parliament, had firstly betrayed all of my deepest held moral principles, and secondly had somehow managed to avoid international security services, and the law, to personally trade oil with Daesh was of course completely untrue…

In my role as a member the Foreign Affairs Committee, I have often spoken out against the malign influence Iran has so often chosen to exercise in international affairs. It was of particular note that the libellous article was published on the exact same day that I had publicly criticised Iran in Parliament.

I hope that this libel judgment can draw a line under this episode and deter outlets such as Press TV, and by extension states such as Iran, from attempting this sort of attack on anyone again.”

Jeremy Corbyn no longer the MP who will have received the most cash from the Iranian state. Slightly different circumstances though. 

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Tory MP Wins Defamation Case Against Press TV

Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi has won his defamation case against Press TV, the fake news channel affiliated to the Iranian state broadcaster. Zahawi is of Kurdish background and was born in Iraq, before coming to the UK when he was a young boy. In July 2015 it implied he facilitated the trade of oil between ISIL and the State of Israel. The story was picked up and repeated by left-wingers on social media.

The Iranian broadcaster did not defend the libel action. The High Court in London will rule on damages and costs at a later hearing. Nadhim Zahawi says:

“The ludicrous allegation that I, while a Member of Parliament, had firstly betrayed all of my deepest held moral principles, and secondly had somehow managed to avoid international security services, and the law, to personally trade oil with ISIL was seemingly unbelievable. The accusation was clearly calculated to be as damaging as possible to someone from my background.

Despite having no basis in anything close to reality, except for my having been born in Iraq, rumours spread like wildfire on social media and clearly some people believed them. In my role as a member the Foreign Affairs Committee, I have often spoken out against the malign influence Iran has so often chosen to exercise in international affairs. But it was extremely upsetting, worrying and unexpected to have been targeted by a foreign government in this way.”

Zahawi’s lawyers had to serve the writ on the Iranian regime in Tehran. Press TV’s operation in London is claiming it has no funds to pay what will likely be 7-figure costs and damages. So Nadhim may end up bankrupting them or getting payment from the Iranian regime. Strange that Press TV always  had enough money to pay Corbyn, Ken and Galloway’s fees…

Top ‘In’ Tory Changes His Mind and Backs Leave

Just four months ago, Nadhim “this blessed plot” Zahawi wrote on ConHome that “divorce” from the EU would be “worse for everyone“. This afternoon he was named by Conservatives for Reform as a Remain supporter. Tonight, he has changed his mind and declared for Leave:

If we leave, we can set about our task of creating an increasingly agile pro-business country, leading the world in innovation and technology while remaining a political and moral power. A country that can change itself and change the world. A country that recognises the greatness we already have, but pushes on to something that is ever greater still. I’m saddened, but on balance the chances of creating the greater Britain I want to see are increased by leaving the EU.

The Boris effect?



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