KUALA LUMPUR: The applications by Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and Cabinet minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob to strike out a defamation suit filed by Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar against them will be heard on June 17.
High Court judge Justice John Louis O'Hara set the date Monday for hearing proper after meeting the parties in chambers.
Speaking to reporters here, Nurul's lawyer Melissa Sasidaran said the defendants had filed separate applications to strike out the suit on grounds that it was frivolous, vexatious and abuse of court process.
"Both defendants are relying on defence of qualified privilege and justification over this suit," she added.
Federal Counsel Shaiful Nizam Shahrin appeared for both defendants.
Nurul Izzah is suing Khalid and Ismail for allegedly implying that she has committed treason.
Nurul Izzah said Khalid had on Nov 22 last year allegedly uttered slanderous words against her during a press conference at the Bukit Aman police headquarters.
The PKR vice-president said Ismail, who is also Rural and Regional Development Minister, had allegedly issued a libellous media statement against her on the same day during an event in Bera, Pahang.
She said the statements were issued after her photograph with Jacel Kiram - daughter of Jamalulail Kiram who is said to have lead the intrusion to Sabah in 2013 - had been published by the media few days earlier.
In the statement of claim filed on November last year, Nurul Izzah said Khalid's words meant that she was the mastermind behind the Sulu intrusion to Sabah in 2013.
Besides that, she said Ismail's statement implied that she was involved in terrorism.
Nurul Izzah is seeking aggravated damages, saying that those words had tarnished her reputation as a parliamentarian and well-known politician.
She is also asking for general damages and an injunction to restrain the defendants from publishing any defamatory words against her.
In the statement of defence dated Dec 23 last year, Khalid and Ismail said any injuries suffered by the plaintiff were due to her own actions in meeting Jacel Kiram and that she had no right under the law to claim for aggravated damages and other forms of relief in the civil dispute.