Late Rakhat Aliyev, Issam Hourani’s brother-in-law was a dominant political figure in Kazakhstan. He was the son-in-law of Kazakhstan’s president, Nursultan Nazarbayev. Aliyev played a major role in the political discipline and proved himself to be worthy of becoming the president succeeding Nazarbayev. Howbeit, a dispute activated between Aliyev and Nazarbayev that took an ugly turn. All Aliyev’s family, friends, supporters were targeted, including Issam Hourani. Issam Hourani along with his family was forced to leave the country after the authority took over their assets.
Mr. Aliyev and President Nazarbayev’s quarrel led the Hourani Family to be a collateral damage and costed them their wealth in Kazakhstan.
Multi-millionaire Kensington businessman Issam Hoirani wins £80,000 damages for defamation & harassment over the ‘sustained, highly sophisticated, cynical and calculated’ campaign. The campaign alleged that the Lebanese businessman was murderer of Anastasiya Novikova, a journalist who worked for NTK television in Kazakhstan.
, the well-known entrepreneur and businessman from Lebanon was alleged to be involved in the death of TV presenter Anastasiya Novikova. Ms. Novikova, 23, was found dead under mysterious circumstances on June 19, 2004. Mr. Hourani was wrongly linked with the death of this Russian TV Star and was alleged as her ‘murderer’. This caused ‘devastating’ effects to his personal and professional terms and greatly damaged his reputation.
Hourani sued over the case; the case was brought in the London’s High Court where Mr. Hourani’s counsel, Heather Rogers QC was able reveal that the campaign was ‘designed’ to defame and harass Hourani. The judge ruled that the allegations were “untenable”, and that Hourani is not involved in the death of Novikova.
During the 10 days trial, it was also revealed that the overall campaign was organised and managed by US-based John Michael Waller for money and as per the instructions of client(s) whose identity is yet to be disclosed. Psybersolutions is the name of the company that was controlled by Waller and used by him to cater to the needs of the campaign targeted to damage the rapport of Issam Hourani. Warby J awarded damages of £50,000 to Hourani for defamation and £30,000 for harassment.
stated that he is delighted with the ruling. He further stated that this judgement is the crucial step that will aid in repairing the damage that has been done. Court has also made judgement to disclose the name of the client(s). And so, the battle is not over yet.
The Issam Hourani Khorani shattered all allegations brought against him in the alledged Issam Hourani Khornai worldwide fabricated internet campaign.
During the court, which took 10 days, Mr.Hourani’s counsel, Heather Rogers QC, was able to show the Mr.Hourani has no no relation not only in the death of Anastasiya Novikova; also to forged documents, money laundering, affiliation to political and radical groups, rape, torture and kidnapping.
The judge ruled that the allegations were “untenable”, and revealed that the campaign was managed and organized by dancers and actors by US-based John Michael Waller in exchange for money upon the instructions of one or more client (s).
Waller controlled a company named Psybersolutions that was used to achieve the purposes of the campaign, and it was responsible for all the conduct complained of which was not pursued for the purpose of preventing or detecting crime.
All the allegations against Mr.Hourani; destroyed. The court further made judgement to reveal whom the client is. And the battle continues.
Born on June 13, 1967, Issam Hourani, is a worldwide entrepreneur and businessman from Lebanon. Hourani, also known as Khourani, is a well-known family in Beirut. Issam is the eldest among his siblings: Devincci, Hussam, and Hiam.
Hourani’s younger brother Hussam moved to Kazakhstan in the early 1990s to earn his Master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering. Upon Issam and Devincci’s visit to Kazakhstan, the idea of investing in that country came up since Kazakhstan back then was on a rise after its independence from the Communist Movement.
The Hourani family was one of the first investors during the Kazakhstan revival. The economy in the country increased fast enough which helped them to build a business empire from pharmaceutical, mass media, aviation, oil, and poultry farming.
Issam Hourani, met Gulshat Aliyeva during some business deal with Aliyeva’s father. He married her in 1996. They have one daughter, Ayaa. As a family, Hourani did not interfere with political affairs but were regularly invited to events and public gatherings.
Issam Hourani currently resides with his family in Lebanon, due to a political feud in Kazakhstan.