Welfare cheat loses
From the Australian
FORMER Guantanamo Bay inmate Mamdouh Habib has lost his appeal against a jury’s rejection of his defamation claim involving a Sydney newspaper.
The Court of Appeal today dismissed Mr Habib’s appeal, ruling the NSW Supreme Court jury was open to find an article published in The Daily Telegraph was not defamatory.
Mr Habib had sued the newspaper’s publisher Nationwide News (owned by the publisher of News.com.au) , claiming an August 2005 article implied he was a welfare cheat.
The jury last year rejected the claim, finding the page five story headlined “A stretch but Habib wants his pension”, did not carry the imputation Mr Habib was seeking Centrelink disability payments, despite being able to participate in the Sydney City to Surf run.
Mr Habib was captured in Pakistan in late 2001 and detained at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for three years as a suspected terrorist.