Solicitor Dr Akbar Malik, of immigration law specialists Malik Law Chambers, has succeeded in his claim against The Sunday Times. Dr Malik sued after The Sunday Times published an article on 19 February 2006 which falsely accused him of having advised an undercover reporter on how to obtain a passport by entering into a sham civil partnership. The newspaper printed an apology and agreed to pay Dr Malik £20,000 in damages.
Dr Akbar Malik – Solicitor obtains apology and damages from The Sunday Times
18 July 2006
The Sunday Times has apologised to Dr Akbar Malik of immigration law specialists Malik Law Chambers Solicitors over an article which wrongly alleged that he had advised a Sunday Times undercover reporter on how to obtain a passport by entering into a sham civil partnership. In fact, Dr Malik never spoke, or otherwise communicated, with the Sunday Times journalist in question.
The newspaper printed the apology on 16 July 2006 and has also agreed to pay Dr Malik £20,000 in damages and his legal costs over the article published on 19 February 2006.
Dr Malik is the author of a number of books on immigration law and upon Islamic law. He has also presented a variety of programmes on legal topics on television and radio and his weekly radio show, The Immigration Programme, broadcast on Sunrise Radio has run for the last eleven years.
Dr Malik said that he was extremely pleased that the record has been set straight and that The Sunday Times had accepted that its allegations against him were unsubstantiated.
Dr Malik was represented by Carter-Ruck.
For further information, please contact Cameron Doley at Carter-Ruck on +44 20 7353 5005.
Dr Akbar Malik was represented by Cameron Doley.