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Issam Hourani Wins Damages Over the Campaign that Alleged Him As a ‘Murderer’

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Multi-millionaire Kensington businessman Issam Hourani wins £80,000 damages for defamation & harassment over the ‘sustained, highly sophisticated, cynical and calculated’ campaign. The campaign alleged that the Lebanese businessman was murderer of Anastasiya Novikova, a journalist who worked for NTK television in Kazakhstan. Issam Hourani, the well-known entrepreneur and businessman from Lebanon was alleged to be involved in the death of TV presenter Anastasiya Novikova. Ms. Novikova, 23, was found dead under mysterious circumstances on June 19, 2004. Mr. Hourani was wrongly linked with the death of this Russian TV Star and was alleged as her ‘murderer’. This caused ‘devastating’ effects to his personal and professional terms and greatly damaged his reputation. Hourani sued over the case; the case was brought in the London’s High Court where Mr. Hourani’s counsel, Heather Rogers QC was able reveal that the campaign was ‘designed’ to defame and harass Hourani. The ju…