Boris Johnson faces court hearing over ‘Brexit lies’

Accused of misleading the public

Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to become Britain’s next Prime Minister, must attend court over allegations that he knowingly lied during the Brexit referendum campaign, a judge announced on Wednesday.

Mr. Johnson will be summoned to appear before a court over allegations of misconduct in public office, Judge Margot Coleman said in a written decision, without specifying the date.

The case is over the claim that Britain sends £350 million ($440 million) a week to the European Union (EU).

Businessmen Marcus Ball has crowd-funded the private prosecution.

Judge Coleman’s decision follows a hearing last week at Westminster Magistrates Court in London.

The summons application made by Mr. Ball’s lawyers alleges that Mr. Johnson “repeatedly lied and misled the British public as to the cost of EU membership” and “knew that such comments were false or misleading”.

The maximum penalty for misconduct in public office is life imprisonment.

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