KUALA LUMPUR: International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, PAS and four others will proceed with a trial after failing to reach settlement over a libel suit at the High Court here.
Mustapa’s counsel Lew Cho Kang told newsmen, after spending about 30 minutes in the chambers yesterday, that the parties involved could not agree on the terms of cost and legal point.
High Court judge Justice Nor Bee Ariffin fixed Nov 13 for trial.
All the parties had previously attempted to negotiate their settlement of the libel suit as proposed by PAS lawyer Nadzratun Naim Hammad Azizi.
In his suit, Mustapa claimed that PAS, the party’s former vice-president Datuk Husam Musa, its former secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali, Harakahdaily news portal editor-in-chief Zulkifli Sulong and editor Azmi Yusof had defamed him by implying that he was involved in fraudulent activities.
Mustapa claimed that Husam had defamed him in a speech at a political gathering named “Pelancaran Kekal K” organised by PAS on March 23, 2013, at the Machang expo site in Kelantan.
He also said that PAS, Mustafa and the news portal’s editors had published the speech delivered by Husam on http://harakahdaily.net the following day.
In the suit filed on April 22, 2013, Mustapa stated that the defamatory words had meant that he as well as other heads of Umno had abused their power for personal gain.
He is seeking damages for libel, conspiracy and malicious falsehood. He is also asking for an injunction against the defendants or their agents from further publishing untrue statements about him.
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