Libel damages for RAF professor branded Ayatollah by Associated Newspapers
A former Dean of RAF College Cranwell branded ‘the Ayatollah of the RAF’ by a national newspaper has won substantial libel damages.
Dr Joel Hayward filed a claim last year after the Mail on Sunday ran a story alleging he was a Muslim convert who has criticised NATO air strikes in Libya, claimed Nazi gas chambers were British propaganda and compared Churchill to Mohammed.
He also sued over an online version of the article – and a follow-up Daily Mail story.
Now the Daily Mail has accepted the allegations are untrue and agreed to pay damages to Dr Hayward as well as his legal costs.
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It has published the following apology: “On August 7 and 8 2011 we suggested that the beliefs of Dr Joel Hayward, then the Dean of the RAF College Cranwell, prevented him from fulfilling his duty of impartiality and fairness as a teacher in the RAF by causing him to show undue favouritism to Islamic students and spend too much time on Islamic activities.
“We now accept that these allegations are untrue. We apologise to Dr Hayward and have paid a substantial sum to him in damages.”