KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has been awarded RM850,000 in a suit against blogger Papagomo over postings in the form of words and images implicating him with another man.
High Court Judicial Commissioner Rosilah Yop held that Anwar had proven that Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris was in fact Papagomo and that the defamatory statements had referred to the Opposition Leader.
“From the evidence adduced, I find that the defendant is the blogger Papagomo and that he published the defamatory statements in the blog,” she said.
Rosilah held that Papagomo abused the use of the Internet, adding that a fair and reasonable amount of damages should be given to compensate Anwar.
She said the statements were published on the Internet, sensationalised, widely circulated and could be accessed throughout Malaysia and the world.
“Looking at the facts of the case, the standing of the plaintiff, the fact that the defamatory statements which contained vicious and vulgar language that were published widely, that the defendant had not apologised to Anwar despite a notice of demand and the injury and losses to him, I feel that RM800,000 is fair and reasonable in general damages,” she said.
She said she could not find anything that could establish that the allegations made by Papagomo against Anwar were true.
The judicial commissioner also awarded RM50,000 in costs to Anwar after hearing a full trial.
Speaking to reporters here, Anwar’s lead counsel N. Surendran said the court’s ruling proved that the sexual allegations were false.
The blogger’s counsel Jasbeer Singh Kaura said he would be filing an appeal and a stay against the decision.
Wan Muhammad Azri, who is also Rakyat News editor, testified in January that he was not Papagomo and that he was not the owner of the blog.
In his suit filed on March 21 last year, Anwar said the blogger, 31, had implied that he was engaged in indecent acts with the man.
The Permatang Pauh MP said the blogger had connected his blog to a weblink containing a series of images, adding that the words implied that he was a person not fit to hold public office and was an immoral and irresponsible leader.