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Complainant Name:
Javid Akhtar

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Yorkshire Evening Post

Complaint:

Javid Akhtar complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an inaccurate and intrusive article about his conviction for benefit fraud and the benefits he then went on to claim after being released from prison. The article appeared in the print and online versions of the publication.

Resolution:

The newspaper responded substantively to the complaint and explained its grounds for reporting the story as it had. However, it accepted the complainant's position and the complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification in the newspaper and its inclusion in the online article:

CLARIFICATION
An article in the Yorkshire Evening Post of February 11 headlined 'Leeds fraud duo back on benefits' stated that benefit fraudster Javid Akhtar - jailed after pocketing 225,000 in the biggest benefit fraud case of its kind in Leeds - had failed to pay back 265,000 in compensation and court costs. We are happy to clarify that Mr Akhtar had, in fact, repaid the compensation and costs. The outstanding 206,000 owed under the Proceeds of Crime Act is owed by his brother Mr Banaras Ali. The article also referred to the ownership of a house in West Park Avenue. We would like to make clear that Mr Akhtar is the sole owner of the property in question and he says that it is not on the market in order to pay any court fees or compensation order.

Date Published: 04/08/2010



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