Latham defends tweets about student charged over fake terror plot as 'honest opinion'

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Mark Latham will defend a defamation claim by arguing his wrong assumption that a Sydney university student had plotted to kill senior federal MPs and blow up the Sydney Opera House

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Mr Latham - who's to be elected to the NSW upper house within days - deleted the tweets in late March after the defamation claim was made.Mr Latham's first tweet mentioned Mr Nizamdeen by name and said he"was plotting to kill senior federal MPs and blow up Sydney Opera House and police/train stations".

Mark Latham is being sued for defamation over tweets about a Sydney student charged with a terror offence.A second, posted 20 minutes later, referred to a UNSW tweet about where to start on the university's open day.Shortly after the defamation claim was filed with the court and Latham's election to the NSW parliament was all but confirmed, the tweets were deleted.

"At the time I tweeted in relation to this story but have now been advised that police have dropped the charges against Mohamed Nizamdeen," he tweeted on March 24."It seems he was falsely arrested, a terrible experience to go through. I have deleted my comments accordingly and urge the ABC to do the same."

In a statement of claim lodged with the court, Mr Nizamdeen's lawyer argues his client had"suffered hurt and embarrassment and has suffered and will continue to suffer loss and damage". "The applicant has been brought into hatred, ridicule and contempt, and has been gravely injured in his character and reputation," the document states.

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He may well firmly believe his own stupidity and drivel .. but that’s no excuse.

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