Jamal summons Mahathir to testify in Maria’s defamation suit

10-Oct-2017 Intellasia | FMT | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Red Shirts leader Jamal Yunos has summoned Dr Mahathir Mohamad as one of his witnesses to testify in a defamation suit brought by Bersih 2.0 chair Maria Chin Abdullah.

Lawyer Mohamed Nasser Yusuf, who represents Jamal, said the subpoena was sent to Mahathir’s counsel, Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla.

Nasser said the others to be called as witnesses by Jamal are former IGP Khalid Abu Bakar, incumbent IGP Fuzi Harun, Kuala Selangor OCPD Roslan Abdullah and Johor PKR chief Hassan Karim.

“They will be asked to testify in our defence of fair comment and justification in response to Maria’s suit,” he told reporters.

Nasser said Fuzi, who was Special Branch director before his promotion last month, would be asked to explain why Maria was detained last year under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) 2012.

Earlier, Justice Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab adjourned the case to January 15 as he had a part-heard trial registered in 2014 to be completed this week.

He also fixed November 10 to hear an application by Fuzi to set aside the subpoena issued by Jamal to testify in the suit.

Zaki ordered Jamal to file an affidavit in reply to set aside the summons by October 23.

Government lawyer Habibah Harun appeared for Fuzi.

In her lawsuit, Maria claimed that Jamal had, on September 28 last year, falsely uttered slanderous words against Bersih during a press conference outside Putra World Trade Centre.

She also claimed that on October 4 last year, Jamal had uttered similar slanderous words against Bersih during a media conference in the Bukit Aman police headquarters compound.

She said the media and news portals later published the statements.

In the statement of claim filed on October 7, Maria said she had been brought into public scandal and had her reputation and good name tarnished.

She is seeking general and aggravated damages, as well as an injunction to stop Jamal from uttering or publishing similar words, either verbally, in print, or online.



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