- Dr Ashraf Chohan wins defamation case introduced by Labour Occasion MP over an alleged defamatory tweet.
- Dr Chohan had tweeted: “Congrats to @NazshahBfd for her support for Vandalism,” during BLM protests in London.
- Judge rules: “This meaning is an expression of opinion.”
LONDON: Former PML-N MPA and British Pakistani businessman Dr Ashraf Chohan has gained a defamation case on the London Excessive Court docket filed by Labour MP Naz Shah over an alleged defamatory tweet made in 2020 throughout the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests in London.
Decide Lewis, sitting on the London Excessive Court docket, dominated Dr Chohan had expressed his opinion and didn’t make an announcement of indisputable fact that Naz Shah’s assist of BLM meant that she supported vandalism, as depicted within the tweeted video.
The case between the 2 began after Dr Chohan revealed a Tweet on June 12, 2020, when BLM protests had been at its peak in Britain after the tragic killing of George Floyd by the US police.
Dr Chohan had tweeted: “Congrats to @NazshahBfd for her support for Vandalism.”
The tweet was accompanied by a video that confirmed a number of folks vandalising a store in a London space throughout the BLM protests held in London to indicate assist for the worldwide motion.
Shah’s authorized group had alleged that the Conservative Occasion consultant claimed in his tweet that the British Pakistani MP was in favour of “criminal activity, therefore, implying our client is a criminal by default”.
The choose, in accordance with a replica of the sealed order obtainable with this publication, dominated: “This meaning is an expression of opinion.”
The choose gave chase stage 1 to Naz Shah on the dedication of the which means of the tweet and dominated: “The meaning is defamatory of the Claimant at common law.”
The choose dominated that the premise of Dr Chohan’s opinion is sufficiently said, particularly Naz Shah’s assist for BLM and the dysfunction that accompanied a few of its protests. The choose additionally refused the claimant’s utility for permission to attraction. Attorneys for the claimant had utilized that Dr Chohan’s Tweet doesn’t state that Naz Shah helps BLM whereas it does state that she helps vandalism and that that is clearly an announcement of truth no matter any opinion regarding it.
Dr Chohan stated after the ruling: “The Court has given judgment in my favour that my statement about Naz Shah MP was my expression of an opinion. I exercised my right of free speech to state my opinion of something. Naz Shah should drop her case against me. Thank you to Mark Lewis and my barrister John Stables of 5RB.”
Dr Chohan, initially from Gujranwala, is the Chairman of Conservatives Pals of Nationwide Well being Service (NHS) and director of Conservative Pals of Pakistan (CFOP) and his brother is an MPA on PMLN’s ticket from Gujranwala.