KUALA LUMPUR: Blogger Papagomo wants to settle the RM850,000 judgment sum he has to pay after losing a defamation suit in instalments – and over a period of 708 years.
Papagomo, whose real name is Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris, said he wanted to apply to pay RM100 per month to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in order to settle the award. At that rate, it would take 8,500 months – more than 708 years – to pay up.
“I have asked High Court Judicial Commissioner Rosilah Yop to allow me to pay in instalments and she asked me to discuss it with the plaintiff (Anwar),” he said.
Speaking to reporters here, Wan Muhammad Azri said he had sold his shares in a news portal where he claimed he worked as an editor in order to pay his legal fees.
“I am now only a fisherman,” the father of three said, adding that he would be defending all his cases on his own. He said his appeal against the judgment had been set for case management on June 24.
Yesterday, Rosilah dismissed in chambers an application by Wan Muhammad Azri to stay the judgment for the sum as well as the injunction against him from further defaming the opposition leader.
Anwar’s lawyer Shahid Adli said Rosilah held that there was no special circumstances to grant a stay of her judgment.
Shahid said the court had instead ordered Wan Muhammad Azri to pay an additional RM5,000 in costs.
On Feb 28, Anwar was awarded RM850,000 in a suit against the blogger over postings in the form of words and images implicating him with another man.
Rosilah held that the blogger abused the use of the Internet, adding that a fair and reasonable amount of damages should be given to compensate Anwar. The judicial commissioner awarded RM800,000 in damages and RM50,000 in costs to Anwar after hearing a full trial.