A police chief defamed two Lebanese immigrants by telling other residents of his rural upstate New York village that the men were terrorists with ties to Osama Bin Laden, the New York Appellate Division, 3rd Department, has ruled.

In addition to upholding the finding of defamation against Police Chief James DeVita of Owego, Tioga County, the 3rd Department affirmed the jury’s award of $200,000 to both Michael Yammine and Hassid Kazan in compensatory damages.

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