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Complainant Name:
Councillor Alibor Choudhury

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Evening Standard

Complaint:

Councillor Alibor Choudhury of London complained that the newspaper had inaccurately referred to a court case with which he had been involved. He indicated that he did not “stand trial” for assault, as the charge was stayed at a committal hearing on the grounds of abuse of process. Mr Choudhury contended, in fact, that he was the victim of the assault, which left him wounded.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following correction:

Further to our article of 21 September 2006 which described how Tower Hamlets Councillor Alibor Choudhury appeared in court in connection with charges of violent disorder, we have been asked to point out that it was a committal hearing and not a full trial. We have been informed that the case did not collapse because witnesses refused to give evidence but because the prosecution was stayed. We are happy to clarify this.

The newspaper also removed the relevant articles from the website, annotated its records to reflect the complaint and contacted a third party website (which carried the articles) to make clear the action it had undertaken.

Report: 75



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