Journalist ordered to pay Benjamin Netanyahu damages for libel

Journalist ordered to pay Benjamin Netanyahu damages for libel
Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara.

An Israeli court on Sunday ordered a journalist to pay more than €21,600 in damages to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara for libelling them.

The magistrates court in Tel Aviv ruled that Igal Sarna libelled the couple for writing a Facebook post that claimed the prime minister's wife kicked the Israeli leader out of their car during a fight.

Sarna writes for Yedioth Ahronoth, a major Israeli newspaper that is often critical of Netanyahu.

The Netanyahus appeared in court in March to testify against Sarna.

The journalist claimed to have sources to back up his claims. But the court ruled the publication was aimed specifically at harming the Netanyahus and damaging their reputations.

Netanyahu and his wife said of the verdict that justice has been done.

AP

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