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August 9, 2020

Naz Shah sues Labour Party for libel over ‘defamatory’ tweet

National

August 9, 2020

LONDON: Labour Member of Parliament for Bradford (West) Naz Shah has initiated a defamation case against the Conservative Party and Dr Ashraf Chohan, former PML-N Punjab Assembly member and a leading ethnic figure in the ruling Conservative party.

Geo News has seen a letter Naz Shah’s lawyers at Eve Solicitors have written to Dr Chohan over an alleged “defamatory tweet” that was published on 12th June 2020, when Black Lives Matter protests were at a peak in Britain after the tragic killing of George Floyd by the US police.

The millionaire British Pakistani businessman, who runs several care homes and has interests in real estate, had tweeted, “Congrats to @NazshahBfd for her support for Vandalism.”

The tweet was accompanied by a video that showed a few people vandalising a shop in a London area during the BLM protests held in London to show support for the worldwide movement.

Eve Solicitors have alleged that the Conservative Party representative 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 legal letter says, “The tweet referred to our client. While our client will rely on the tweet as a whole, including the title and images. We aver that the allegation is false in its entirety therefore it is blatantly defamatory. The publication of the Article has caused and/or is likely to cause our client serious harm. The damage is both financial and to her reputation.”

The letter demands that the British Pakistani Conservative Party politician should publish a suitable apology in terms to be agreed and “compensate our client for the damage to her reputation, distress, and financial loss caused”.

Both Dr Chohan and Naz Shah MP refused to comment on the matter but it is understood that Dr Chohan has rejected allegations of defamation and has vowed to defend himself. The alleged defamatory tweet is no more available on Chohan’s timeline.