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Saudi Prince Nayef wins libel damages against British paper

By Ernest Dempsey     Aug 4, 2011 in World
London - Saudi Minister of Interior Prince Nayef Bin Abdul-Aziz al-Saud has won libel damages suit against the esteemed British paper ‘The Independent’.
Nayef, the Saudi Minister of Interior and Second Deputy Premier, sued the paper for libel after it published the Middle East correspondent Robert Frisk’s story titled The Arab awakening began not in Tunisia this year, but in Lebanon in 2005 on April 15, 2011. The story claimed that Nayef had ordered Saudi police chiefs not to show mercy to unarmed demonstrators and use live rounds on them. Prince Nayef responded to the allegation, denying it, and suing the paper for libel.
On Wednesday, August 03, the concerned court in London, UK, ordered The Independent to pay libel damages to Prince Nayef over Robert Frisk’s story April 15th story. The amount of the damages has not been made public but Prince Nayef’s lawyer mentioned those as “substantial”. Both Robert Frisk and The Independent Print Ltd offered “sincere apologies” to the Saudi Prince, admitting that the claim made in their story had no truth to it and the order of the Saudi Prince the paper based their story on was fake.
The Independent’s lawyer Helen Morris said that the order was mistakenly thought genuine by Frisk and the reference to it had been made in good faith. Prince Nayef’s lawyer Rupert Earle told the court that the false allegations were made about Prince Nayef after Shia activists in Saudi Arabia sought to organize a demonstration dated March 11, 2011, informs the BBC News. It was named the "Hunayn Revolution" after a battle in Islamic history.
Earle told that the damages received from The Independent will be donated to a charity.
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