01 February 2010
Mail on Sunday pays out libel damages
The Mail on Sunday has been ordered to pay compensation to a spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain.
In an article published by the newspaper in March last year, it was alleged that Inayat Bunglawala was an extremist supporter of al-Qaeda and radical Palestinian-Jordanian cleric Abu Qatada.
It was also claimed that he had stabbed a man in 2008.
His legal team pointed out that the stabbing incident had occurred as an act of self-defence to protect himself and his family from an intruder.
Not long after the incident, the Crown Prosecution Service - which is the government department responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales - said it would not press any charges.
Now, the Mail on Sunday has accepted that the claims were false and has awarded undisclosed damages to Mr Bunglawala. It will also cover the legal costs involved.