NS Supreme Court orders YouTuber to pay $175,000 for defaming Egyptian diplomat IG News

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A court has ordered a Halifax YouTuber to pay $175,000 for defamatory statements he made against an Egyptian civil servant.

But Narmin Adel Khalil says he has no intention of paying or closing his comments.

The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia ruled that Khalil, a former Egyptian citizen who is now a Canadian citizen, defamed Nashawa Abdelhamid Mohamed Abdelkader in a YouTube video and made threats of violence against him more than once.

Justice Gail Gatchlian says Khalil continued to make these statements on his YouTube channel, which has more than 100,000 followers, even after the last lawsuit was filed.

The verdict noted that Khalil filed a brief statement of defense denying Abdelkader’s allegations but presented evidence to counter them.

Gachlian awarded Abdelkader $100,000 in general damages, $50,000 in severe damages and $25,000 in punitive damages.

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Khalil, who represented herself during the court proceedings, said today she intends to appeal, while lawyers for Abdelkader did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 2, 2023

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