KUALA LUMPUR: A High Court has fixed April 3, to hear an application by Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua to strike out a suit filed by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak against him and an online news portal’s owner for allegedly defaming him over 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
Judicial Commissioner Roslan Abu Bakar set the date to hear the application after meeting the parties in chambers.
Pua’s lawyer Aliff Benjamin Suhaimi said his client was seeking to strike out the suit on grounds that Najib has no legal standing to sue the parliamentarian for defamation as a public officer.
“If we are not successful in striking out the application, the full trial will proceed from Sept 18 to 20,” he told reporters here after the case management.
Najib’s lawyer Nor Hazira Abu Haiyan confirmed the details.
In his civil claim seeking for damages and an apology, Najib said that Pua, 43, had delivered a speech at a DAP fundraising dinner on Nov 3, 2014, relating to 1MDB which slandered him.
He said the video of the speech was uploaded by the owner of online news portal Media Rakyat, Chan Chee Kong, 52, or his agents onto the portal’s webpage, YouTube channel and Facebook.
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