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Published: Saturday December 7, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday December 7, 2013 MYT 7:34:28 AM

Utusan, TV3 seek to disqualify lawyer in suit

KUALA LUMPUR: Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd and Sistem Televisyen Malaysia Bhd (TV3) will file an application to disqualify counsel N. Surendran in a defamation suit brought against them by Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

High Court judicial commissioner Rosilah Yop fixed Feb 25 to hear the application to disqualify Surendran as one of the counsels acting for Anwar, who is also the PKR adviser.

JC Rosilah set the date after meeting counsels Latheefa Koya, representing Anwar, Choo Shi Jin for Utusan Melayu and Lim Qi Si for TV3 in chambers yesterday.

Latheefa said the defendants would file the application on the grounds that Surendran is the PKR vice-president.

She said JC Rosilah also fixed the new trial dates between April 14 and April 15 and from April 21 and April 22 next year.

On March 8, Anwar sued Utusan Melayu and TV3 for RM100mil for allegedly linking him to the intrusion in Lahad Datu.

He had named Utusan Melayu, its group editor-in-chief Datuk Abdul Aziz Ishak, TV3, its group managing editor Datuk Shahruddin Abdul Latif and its Buletin Utama news editor Ing Boon Seng as defendants.

Asking the court to dismiss the suit with costs, Utusan Melayu argued it had taken reasonable care in publishing an article in its newspaper Utusan Malaysia on March 2 and that it was not defamatory of Anwar.

TV3 denied the Buletin Utama programme on March 2 constituted any libel against Anwar, saying it had exercised responsible journalism.

Tags / Keywords: Courts Crime, Courts & Crime, Anwar Ibrahim, Utusan Malaysia, tv3, Lahad Datu

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