*Hamaizia and another v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis

Libel and slander – Defamatory words. The claimants came before the court with a libel action in respect of a press release issued by the defendant police force in which the headline was 'Three jailed for murder of [the victim]'and in which the claimants were mentioned in the body of the text. It was the claimants case that the words meant that each was involved with four others in the murder of [the victim] and imprisoned for such. The Queen's Bench Division held that no such meaning could be attributed to the words and further the meaning of the words complained of was that the claimants were each jailed for a total of six years' imprisonment for offences of grievous bodily harm and false imprisonment, committed in the course of their involvement in the lead-up to the murder of the victim.

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