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Bethnal Green activist loses libel case against blogger

PUBLISHED: 13:00 14 May 2010 | UPDATED: 16:01 05 October 2010

Judge ruled the case as

Judge ruled the case as ""an abuse of process"" at High Court

AN EAST End political activist has lost her libel case against a journalist who in his blog referred to her Baader-Meinhof link . Tory Johanna Kaschke who lives on the Parkview Estate in Bethnal Green insisted comments written by Labour party member Dav

AN EAST End political activist has lost her libel case against a journalist who in his blog referred to her "Baader-Meinhof link".

Tory Johanna Kaschke who lives on the Parkview Estate in Bethnal Green insisted comments written by Labour party member David Osler in April 2007 were defamatory and linked her with terrorism.

But Mr Justice Eady threw out the claim as "an abuse of process" at London's High Court yesterday.

Mr Osler said he only posted the material after seeing an article on Ms Kaschke's own website and had never suggested that she was involved in bank robberies, violence or terrorism.

He accepted that, although she came under suspicion in the 1970s and was imprisoned for a time, she was not guilty of any criminal offence and was paid compensation in Germany for her wrongful arrest.

He said that he had given Ms Kaschke a right of reply, which appeared on the blog in May 2007, and was prepared to join in a statement reaffirming his acceptance of her innocence.

The judge said he was quite satisfied the posting did not link Ms Kaschke to terrorism in the sense of suggesting in any way that she was directly linked with it or that she approved of the extremist activities.

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