The far-right campaigner Tommy Robinson is being threatened with legal action after he posted a video identifying the alleged bully accused of assaulting a Syrian refugee child at school.
Last week, footage was posted online showing the 15-year-old Syrian boy, who can only be identified as Jamal, being allegedly assaulted.
The video incident showed Jamal being pushed to the ground and having water poured on his face and attracted widespread condemnation, including from Theresa May.
The footage prompted well-wishers to set up an online crowdfunding page for Jamal, which received £50,000 in donations in the space of a day.
West Yorkshire police previously said a 16-year-old boy had been interviewed over the attack and reported for summons for an offence of assault ahead of a youth court appearance.
But Nazir Afzal, the former chief prosecutor for the north-west, has contacted the police in relation to Robinson’s latest post.
Robinson may have breached court orders preventing the naming of the alleged perpetrator in several videos on Facebook and Instagram, including one that has been viewed more than 150,000 times.
In a tweet to West Yorkshire police, Afzal said that posting material naming the boy was unlawful.
“There are reporting restrictions in relation to alleged assault at Huddersfield school now a youth is charged,” he wrote.
In the video, the teenager tells Robinson that he and his family had gone into hiding, adding he was “scared for my life, scared for my family’s life”.
The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: “My address got put out and there were people turning up at my house in cars, all this type of stuff.
“We went into hiding because we’ve had all these threats, rape threats, death threats.”
The former English Defence League founder has previously admitted to spreading fake news about the Huddersfield school where the alleged attack took place.
Just hours after the video of the alleged school attack went viral Robinson became involved claiming Jamal had previously attacked two schoolgirls.
Robinson reposted a screenshot of a message on his Facebook page from a mother claiming her daughter had been bullied.
However, the mother later posted on Robinson’s page denying that it was Jamal who had allegedly attacked her daughter.
Jamal’s solicitor, Tasnime Akunjee, also wrote to Robinson informing him that legal action was being pursued against him as the posts contained “a number of false and defamatory allegations”.
After receiving the letter, Robinson admitted to his followers that it was fake news and claimed that he had been duped: “I have been completely had, how embarrassing man.”
Robinson deleted the videos and admitted to posting a fake photograph purporting to show violence by a Muslim gang.
West Yorkshire police have said they are aware of the most recent video.
In a statement, the force said: “West Yorkshire police would continue to advise media that proceedings are active and involve a juvenile.
“We would advise not to share the video on websites or social media sites as it could prejudice future criminal proceedings.”
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