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Yair Netanyahu ordered to pay additional $8,800 to ex-Walla editor in libel case

Yair Netanyahu, son of former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives for a Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court hearing on a defamation suit, in Tel Aviv, November 29, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
Yair Netanyahu, son of former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives for a Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court hearing on a defamation suit, in Tel Aviv, November 29, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court has ordered Yair Netanyahu, the son of the former prime minister, to pay an additional NIS 30,000 ($8,800) after an appeal to overturn a libel decision against him was rejected last year.

Netanyahu had claimed the original ruling against him was in bad faith as he never received court notification about the libel lawsuit filed by former Walla news site editor Avi Alkalay.

Because Netanyahu never filed a statement of defense, the court had automatically ruled in favor of Alkalay.

Last year former premier’s son was ordered to compensate Alkalay NIS 250,000 (approximately $73,000), and pay an additional NIS 29,250 (approximately $8,500) in court fees.

The court rules today that he owes an additional NIS 30,000 ($8,800) to Alkalay, the Ynet news site reports.

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