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Tuesday October 15, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday October 15, 2013 MYT 7:12:30 AM
KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has set Oct 22 to know the decision of Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim over the publication of an apology by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to him in a newspaper.
Khalid has to decide if he is agreeable for the New Straits Times (NST) to publish an apology by MACC to him over his defamation suit on page nine of the newspaper.
High Court judge Justice Lau Bee Lan set the date after meeting the parties in chambers.
Lawyer K. Muralidharan acted for Khalid while Senior Federal Counsel Nadia Hanim Mohd Tajuddin appeared for MACC yesterday.
“If my client is not agreeable for NST to publish the apology on its page nine as suggested by the Attorney-General’s Chambers, we will file for contempt of court against NST,” Muralidharan said.
In April, the NST had said they could not publish the apology by MACC on the front page as it was against their brand and editorial positioning.
Khalid’s lead counsel S.N. Nair was then quoted as saying that the court issued a direct order to NST to publish the apology on the third page of the newspaper by April 29.
Nair said MACC had informed Justice Lau that it was impossible to comply with the order as NST is a private company and not a party to the suit.
On April 27, 2009, Khalid sued former MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan, MACC and the Government for defamation over a statement that he had abused his power as mentri besar.
Under the terms of settlement before Justice Lau on March 19, Ahmad Said was to issue a public apology on the front page of NST within four days from the date of consent order.
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