Mr Robinson was brought to justice after bringing charges against a Syrian teenager who had been violently assaulted by classmates onvideo.
LONDON - Tommy Robinson, a British right-wing activist, lost a libel case filed by a Syrian teenager who was filmed being assaulted at his school, after Mr Robinson falsely claimed that the boy himself violently assaulted his classmates.
Mr. Robinson will have to pay 100,000 pounds in damages, or about $ 137,000, according to Judge Matthew Nicklin's judgment at a remote hearing in the High Court of Justice in London.
Mr. Robinson, 38, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon , was the founder of the English far-right Defense League, a nationalist group known for its positions inanti-Islam and anti-immigration, and its violent street demonstrations. Although he is considered to be on the fringes of British life, he has also become a leading figure internationally for supporters of similar ideologies, with links to the far right in Europe, to USA and elsewhere .
The teenager, Jamal Hijazi, now 17, was filmed being assaulted at his school in the north of England in October 2018, and after the video was released online, Mr Robinson claimed in two videos posted on his Facebook page that the teenager was "not innocent and he violently attacks young English girls in his school.
In one of the clips, Mr. Robinson saidthat the teenager had "beaten a black and blue girl " and "threatened to stab " a boy at his school, which Mr. Hijazi denied.
Mr. Robinson represented himself at the trial, arguing that his comments were true on the merits. His two articles on the video have been viewed together over a million times, according to court documents.