Former far-right English Defence League (EDL) leader Tommy Robinson appeared at the High Court in London on Thursday after being sued by a Syrian refugee for defamation.

Sixteen-year-old Syrian schoolboy Jamal Hijazi and his family are seeking damages after Robinson alleged on social media the teenager had attacked white girls.

"I'm being sued by the lawyer who's trying to get Shamima Begum into our country, the lawyer who represents all the terrorists," said Robinson who further alleged the lawyer had given his children's address to a far-left extremist.

Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, had made the comments after a video of Hijazi being attacked in schoolyard had gone viral.

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