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Complainant Name:
Mr Arnaud Mafille

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail

Complaint:

Mr Arnaud Mafille complained to the Press Complaints Commission on behalf of Djamel Beghal that an article was in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. The complainant was concerned that the article inaccurately reported that Mr Beghal was ‘jailed in France for plotting to blow up the American embassy in Paris'. The complainant explained that, according to the French Court, Mr Beghal's conviction for ‘criminal association aiming at the preparation of a terrorist act' was not based on any evidence of a specific plot.

Resolution:

The matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following letter:

It was reported that Abu Qatada had ‘influenced Djamel Beghal, an Algerian linked to the Finsbury Park mosque, who was jailed in France for plotting to blow up the American embassy in Paris' (Mail)

In reality, Beghal was sentenced to prison in France even though the French Court of Appeal decided in 2005 that there was no evidence of the existence of any plan to bomb the embassy apart from statements made by Beghal while in illegal secret detention in the UAE. The appeal court dismissed these confessions because they had been extracted under torture.

Date Published: 20/08/2012



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