KUALA LUMPUR: Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar has reached an out-of-court settlement with Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd over her defamation suit against the publisher.
This was made possible following the advice by High Court judge Justice Hue Siew Kheng to amicably settle the suit in relation to an Utusan Malaysia report on her statement on freedom of religion.
Utusan Melayu’s lawyer Raihanah Ariffin told reporters here yesterday that the case was settled with no admission of liability by both parties, who are also bearing their own costs.
The terms of the settlement remain confidential.
Counsel Azhana Mohd Khairuddin, who appeared for Nurul Izzah, confirmed the details, saying that this has caused a consent judgment to be entered between the parties.
The suit was scheduled for trial for two days starting today.
In the lawsuit filed on Nov 23, 2012, Nurul Izzah alleged that various defamatory articles were published in Utusan Malaysia between Nov 5 and Nov 7 that year.
In her statement of claim, Nurul Izzah, who is also Parti Keadilan Rakyat vice-president, named Utusan Melayu and its group editor-in-chief Datuk Aziz Ishak as defendants.
Among others, she said, the defamatory words had implied that she had taken the stand that Malays were free to choose any religion other than Islam.
She said the words also meant that she was a hypocrite and an untrustworthy politician, causing her to suffer embarrassment and humiliation, while also affecting her dignity, credibility, character and reputation.
She had sought damages, an apology and retraction of the allegations against her as well as an injunction to restrain the defendants from publishing similar words in any manner.