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Cleared plot doctor accepts libel damages from The Sun

Dr Mohammed Asha
Dr Asha resumed his career in the NHS after being cleared of terror charges

A doctor cleared of plotting bomb attacks in London and Glasgow has accepted libel damages from the Sun over a story linking him to terrorism.

Dr Mohammed Asha sued over a front page article last August under the heading "Terror case doc works in casualty".

The High Court heard the Sun accepted the allegations were untrue and would pay "substantial" damages and costs.

Dr Asha was working at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire at the time of his arrest.

Leo Dawkins, representing Dr Asha, told a judge in London the allegations were that "there were very strong grounds to suspect that the claimant would be involved in the future in terrorist bomb plots and was, therefore, an ongoing threat to national security".

'Immense hurt'

Dr Asha said afterwards: "The damage caused by the Sun has been incalculable, causing both myself and my family immense hurt and distress, not to mention worries over my own personal safety.

"I am glad this terrible ordeal is finally over and that the Sun has apologised and agreed to pay me compensation and my legal costs."

Dr Asha was a junior doctor at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford before moving to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.

He was working there at the time of his arrest in June 2007 in connection with car bomb attacks at Glasgow Airport and in London but was cleared at Woolwich Crown Court.

He returned to the Royal Shrewsbury but left last autumn for a new training position at an undisclosed hospital in the Midlands.



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