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Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Anwar to be main witness in suit against Papa Gomo

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will be the main witness in his suit against Papa Gomo over the latter’s alleged posting of defamatory words and images implicating him (Anwar) with another man.

Anwar’s lawyer Latheefa Koya said Anwar would be called to testify in the civil dispute set to be heard for two days from next Monday.

“We may subpoena other witnesses for identification purposes,” she said after the parties met High Court Judicial Commissioner Rosilah Yop in chambers yesterday.

In his suit filed on March 21 last year, Anwar said Papa Gomo, whose real name is Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris, 30, had implied that he engaged in indecent acts with a man.

(Another High Court had ruled in September that Wan Muhammad Azri is blogger Papa Gomo and ordered him to pay a businessman RM500,000 in damages in a defamation suit.)

Latheefa said that the parties have exchanged documents including on witness statements for the hearing proper.

She said Wan Muhammad Azri has been listed as the sole witness for the defendant’s case.

In his statement of claim, Anwar said the blogger had posted four defamatory statements in his blog between March 16 and March 20.

The Permatang Pauh MP further said the blogger had connected his blog to a weblink containing a series of images, which had caused him embarrassment and damage to his character, dignity and reputation.

Anwar is seeking general, aggravated and exemplary damages and an injunction to stop Papa Gomo from posting similar defamatory words against him in any manner.

In his statement of defence filed on May 20, Wan Muhammad Azri said he had never published any word, image, video or had caused for the creation of any weblink which was slanderous to Anwar.

Alternatively, the blogger said any individual who has written or posted the statement or images had done so due to public interest.

Wan Muhammad Azri said that if he was the said person to have published the words and images, it was due to qualified privilege, fair comment and justification.

Tags / Keywords: Courts Crime , Papa Gomo , Anwar Ibrahim


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