A Libyan man who was arrested in connection with the 2017 Manchester Arena Bombing that killed 22 people but later released was awarded £83,000 ($111,000) in damages.
Alaedeen Sicri, 26, was awarded the sum on Dec. 17 after winning a case against Associated Newspapers Ltd. (ANL), which manages MailOnline. The online outlet published personal details about Sicri even though the Greater Manchester Police hadn't identified him.
Article VersionsArticle versions also included a description of him as a “trainee Libyan pilot” and “other details capable of leading to his identification by some.”
But later versions of the article made him “identifiable to the world at large,” Warby said, with one version identifying him as “one of Abedi’s ‘associates.’”
Salman Abedi was a 22-year-old British born man of Libyan ancestry.
'Determination to Publish His Name'Warby said he was satisfied that Sicri was “very upset at the defendant’s [ANL’s] determination to publish his name, and shocked at its failure to take down or amend the Article once it knew of his release.”
He said that Sicri’s distress was genuine and corroborated by a witness who described him as “paranoid and refusing to leave the house in the wake of publication.”
Warby also refuted an assertion made by ANL that a 6-month delay in the Sicri bringing the claim indicated the damage being alleged was not that severe.
“This is a point that some media defendants make, from time to time, in an attempt to cast doubt on the sincerity or merit of a claim,” he said, “but it rarely meets with success.”
The remaining £33,000 ($44,000) of the £83,000 ($111,000) in damages will cover “the reasonable cost of steps taken and to be taken” to secure the taking down of articles containing details about Sicri.
Similar details were published by other media outlets following the publication of the MailOnline article in the early morning of May 29, 2017, including by the Guardian, The Times (of London), The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Mirror, and The Sun, Warby said.