Because of what some would call a loophole in the British legal system, although I prefer to call it a flaw, individuals from any country in the world are allowed to sue anyone else for libel in a British court. This is true even in cases that do not involve British citizens or in which the allegedly libelous statements were made in books, newspapers or magazines never published or sold in the
Up to now, it seems that everyone sued by Sheikh Khalid simply gives up because they do not have the money to match the fortune that he is willing to pay for lawyers. Even Cambridge University Press took that approach. Dr. Ehrenfield is fighting back as much as she can, but she is definitely the David to his Goliath. Here is hoping that she matches David's success.
If what I've tried to explain doesn't make you nervous about losing our own freedom of the press in the court systems of other countries, please watch this eight-minute film to get a much clearer explanation.
You may also be interested in the MPI website dedicated to getting the word out about what is happening to Dr. Ehrenfield. She has filed a countersuit in U.S. Federal court resulting in the determination that every American writer and publisher can use U.S. courts to appeal the libel judgments of British courts. "Libel tourism" is a direct threat to us as readers who expect to find truth in the written word. What happens next in U.S. court will help determine whether we can continue to expect the whole truth or if those with enough money can make sure that the truth about them remains hidden forever.