More court troubles for infamous conspiracy theorist

Raja Miah, 49, an unemployed, Tameside-based conspiracy theorist has been served with a High Court defamation claim over posts he has published or transmitted on his infamous Recusant Nine social media platforms.

The claimant is nationally known health campaigner, Dr Zahid Chauhan OBE, whom maintains that Miah has waged a smear campaign against him over the past two months.

Bradford-born Miah has consistently maintained that no defamation proceedings would be brought against as social media giant, YouTube, continues to remove Recusant Nine transmissions from its platform.

Dr Chauhan has not been mentioned by name on Recusant Nine’s Facebook page since 9th December, 2022. Prior to that, Miah had persistently mocked Oldham Council’s current Deputy Mayor, and the prospects of the success of such a claim, after he was issued with a pre-action protocol letter in November, 2022.

The lawyers instructed by Dr Chauhan, highly-rated Manchester firm, JMW Solicitors, are well known to Raja Miah. The exiled Yorkshireman was a co-defendant in successful defamation and harassment proceedings brought by another well-known Oldham politician, Cllr Riaz Ahmad. JMW was the instructed firm in that claim, also.

Miah compromised the claim at an early stage with a public apology, a donation to charity and removal of the offending materials. The other defendant, Khazir Rehman (better known locally as ‘Kaiser’) is facing costs and damages of around £200,000 at a remedy hearing in the Royal Courts of Justice on 14th February, 2023 (read more here).

Rehman was convicted in August, 2021 at Tameside Magistrates’ Court of harassing Dr Chauhan and received a suspended prison sentence amongst a range of other sanctions.

Earlier today, 23rd January, 2023, Miah made his eight magistrates’ courts appearance in connection with allegations of harassing a 40 year old lawyer from the Salford area (read more here). He has pleaded not guilty to the charge and a two day trial is listed to take place on 2nd and 3rd February, 2023.

Page last updated: 16.45pm on Monday 23rd January, 2023.

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