MW Solicitors Negotiates Six Figure Defamation Payout for Imam Suliman Gani from The Defence Secretary and the BBC.
Partner & Head of Media Law Reputation Management
MW Solicitors has negotiated an out-of-court settlement for Muslim cleric Imam Suliman Gani from the Defence Secretary Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP and the BBC that will reach six figures in total in compensation and legal costs, both of which will be paid by Mr Fallon and the BBC.
The case relates to false allegations made by Mr Fallon and the BBC that Mr Gani is a supporter of Islamic State, also known as Daesh.
Imam Gani has stressed that to the contrary, he has campaigned against the so-called Islamic State, both to people in the Muslim community and to the wider world. He is totally opposed to the activities of so-called Islamic State, which he regards as a terrorist organisation that commits atrocities. Imam Gani condemns the so-called Islamic State and considers all human life sacred.
The allegation about our client was originally made on BBC1 by a BBC presenter in the ‘London Mayoral Debate’ on 18 April 2016. On 7 May 2016 Mr Fallon repeated the BBC’s original allegation on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme.
Both the BBC and Mr Fallon have accepted that their allegation about Imam Gani was untrue, and both have also sent letters of apology to our client - Apologies from Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP and BBC (PDF)
The BBC also broadcast and published apologies to our client on BBC1 London News, the BBC News Channel, BBC iPlayer, and the BBC London webpage.
Imam Gani said
"This situation was deeply traumatic for me, and I am most grateful to MW Solicitors for the excellent work they have done in pursuing this case for me to a successful conclusion."
UPDATE - Apology on Behalf of Prime Minister Rt Hon David Cameron MP
Iman Suliman Gani has also received an apology on behalf of the Prime Minister regarding the wrongful allegations made by Prime Minister Rt Hon David Cameron MP made in the House of Commons during PMQs on Wednesday 20th April 2016.
LBC Radio have given McMillan Williams Solicitors permission to feature the following video containing an interview with Iman Suliman Gani on the James O'Brien show recorded on 28th June 2016.
Skip to 17:22 to hear Iman Suliman Gani read out apologies from both the Prime Minister and the Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, UK Defence Secretary.
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