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Published: Wednesday January 15, 2014 MYT 2:45:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday January 15, 2014 MYT 11:29:35 PM

Umno withdraws lawsuit against PAS' Mustafa Ali over sex video clip

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno has withdrawn the defamation suit against PAS secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali and two others in relation to the distribution of a sex video clip.

This caused the parties in the civil dispute to record a consent judgment before High Court judge Justice John Louis O'Hara.

On Wednesday, Umno lawyer Raihanah Ashriqin Ariffin told the judge that the parties had agreed for the consent judgment, on condition that the defendants retract their statements against the party.

She said that Mustafa had filed a statement in online portal saying that his statement over the distribution of the video did not refer to Umno.

The consent judgment stated that a statement published in HarakahDaily.com would be retracted immediately.

Justice O'Hara struck off the suit and did not make any order as to costs.

Zulkifli's lawyer Zulhazmi Shariff, who also mentioned for two others, confirmed the details.

In April last year, Mustafa and two others were sued by Umno over alleged libellous statements linking the party to the distribution of a sex video clip which showed a man that resembled him.

Mustafa, his lawyer Asmuni Awi and HarakahDaily.net chief editor Zulkifli Sulong were named as defendants.

In the statement of claim, Umno said Mustafa and Asmuni had caused the publication of five defamatory articles against the party between April 12 and 13.

Umno said that Mustafa had slandered the party by making media statements which was reported by online portals HarakahDaily.net and www.malaysiakini.com.

It said Zulkifli had allowed publication of two defamatory articles against the party without verifying its truth.

Among others, Umno sought for damages, an apology and an injunction to prevent Mustafa and Asmuni from publishing similar libellous words.

Umno executive secretary Datuk Ab Rauf Yusoh filed the suit on behalf of the party, saying that the offending words implied that Umno was the mastermind behind the sex video clip and that it was distributed for election campaigning purposes.

In his defence statement dated May 23, Mustafa admitted that he had given a speech at a ceramah in Dungun, Terengganu touching on the distribution of the sex video and photographs, but contended that his speech did not defame Umno.

In the statement of defence dated May 23, Asmuni said that he had a legal obligation to make statements to protect the good name of Mustafa to avoid any negative perception by the people due to the distribution of the video.

In the statement of defence dated May 22, Zulkifli said he was not the writer, editor or publisher of the articles, adding that those words were published without any bad intention as it was a matter of public interest.

Tags / Keywords: Datuk Mustafa Ali, Umno, Sex video

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