Anwar-Anifah defamation suit fixed for Aug 25


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has set Aug 25 to hear the trial of the defamation suit filed by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim against Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman.

Judicial Commissioner Siti Khadijah S.Hassan Badjenid on Tuesday fixed for the hearing proper after meeting the parties in chambers.

Lead counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah appeared for Anifah while lawyer Latheefa Koya acted for Anwar.

Speaking to reporters here, Latheefa said Anwar would be the sole witness in the plaintiff's case.

"They (the defendant) claimed to have eight witnesses, with the possibility of expanding to 10 witnesses, in this case.

The defendant (Anifah) is one of their witness," she told reporters here.

The Opposition Leader filed a RM100mil defamation suit against Anifah @ Haniff Amman over allegedly libellous statements made against him abroad.

On May 27, 2009, Anwar sued Anifah in his personal and official capacities and the Government, claiming that the minister had linked his name to an alleged offer of a top Cabinet post at the State Department in Washington during a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on May 16.

The PKR adviser claimed that the words uttered by Anifah that day implied that he was a dishonest person.

On Jan 6, 2011, a High Court had struck out the suit following an application by Anifah and the Government.

The Court of Appeal had on Jan 25, 2013, allowed Anwar's appeal to reinstate the suit against Anifah in the latter's personal capacity.

The appellate court, however, dismissed Anwar's appeal to reinstate his suit against Anifah in his official capacity as Foreign Minister and also against the Government.

In his suit, Anwar claimed that he suffered considerable distress, anxiety and embarrassment, entitling him to aggravated and exemplary damages.

Anwar is also applying to get an injunction to restrain Anifah from further uttering, writing or publishing the said words.

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