Apex court dismisses Govt's appeal against The Edge


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 09 Aug 2017

PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court on Wednesday ruled that the Edge Communications Sdn Bhd  could claim for damages from the Home Minister for loss incurred over the three-months suspension of two of its publications in 2015. 

In making the ruling, the court dismissed an appeal by the Home Minister and the Home Ministry secretary-general to set aside the appellate court's decision in allowing the company to claim damages from them. 

A five-man panel led by Court of Appeal President Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin ruled that the appeal brought by the Home Minister and the Home Ministry secretary-general did not have merits. 

Zulkefli said There was no appeal in respect to the issue of liability, said Zulkefli, who presided with Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum and Federal Court judges Tan Sri Ramly Ali, Tan Sri Zaharah Ibrahim and Datuk Balia Yusof Wahi. 

Following the decision, the matter would go back to the High Court for damages to be assessed.

The matter is fixed for case management at the Kuala Lumpur High Court on Thursday. 

 On Jan 25 this year, the Federal Court granted leave to the Home Minister to appeal on three legal questions over the issue on award of damages to The Edge. 

The Home Ministry suspended the publishing permit of The Edge Weekly and The Edge Financial Daily for three months from July 27, 2015 over publication of reports related to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB). 

The order was quashed by the High Court on Sept 21, 2015 which allowed The Edge's judicial review application. The High Court also ordered for assessment of damages suffered by The Edge. 

On Aug 30, last year, the Appellate Court dismissed the Home Minister's appeal on the High Court's order for assessment of damages. 

The Court of Appeal did not hear submissions on the validity of the Home Ministry's suspension order because the matter was academic as the suspension period had lapsed. 

Senior federal counsel Alice Loke Yee Ching appeared for the Home Ministry, while lawyer Darryl Goon represented The Edge. - Bernama

 

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