Maria Chin’s defamation suit against Jamal to go to trial


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 29 Mar 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: The defamation suit filed by Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah against Red Shirts leader Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos will go to trial.

High Court judge Justice Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab has fixed four days from Oct 9 to hear the civil dispute.

Maria's lawyer Melissa Sasidaran told reporters after the proceedings in chambers Wednesday that the judge has also set May 22 for case management, where both parties will sort out and file the necessary documents for the trial.

Asked if Jamal had proposed a possible settlement upon advice by the judge, Melissa said there was no settlement so far.

Maria is suing Jamal for allegedly linking the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections with the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

In her lawsuit, Maria claimed that Jamal had, on Sept 28 last year, falsely uttered slanderous words against Bersih during a press conference on the Putra World Trade Centre grounds.

She also claimed that on Oct 4 last year, Jamal had uttered similar slanderous words against Bersih during a media conference at the Bukit Aman police headquarters compound.

She said the media and news portals later published the statements in print and online.

In the statement of claim filed on Oct 7, Maria said she had been brought to public scandal and had her reputation and good name tarnished.

She is seeking general and aggravated damages, as well as an injunction to stop Jamal from uttering or publishing similar words, be it verbally, in print, or online.
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