Court strikes out Jamal's application to subpoena IGP

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here has struck out an application by Red Shirts leader Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos (pic) to subpoena Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun as a witness.

The Sungai Besar Umno division chief had made the application to produce the IGP as a witness in a suit filed by Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah for allegedly implying that the group is an agent of the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

High Court judge Justice Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab set aside the application in chambers in the presence of all parties on Tuesday.

After the proceeding, Senior Federal Counsel Ahmad Terrirudin Mohd Salleh said Justice Mohd Zaki made the decision on grounds that Mohamad Fuzi did not have knowledge on Maria's arrest under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma).

Besides Mohamad Fuzi, Jamal has also applied to subpoena former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, former IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and Kuala Selangor district police chief Supt Ruslan Abdullah.

In the statement of claim filed on Oct 7 last year, Maria said she had been brought to public scandal, resulting in her reputation and good name to be tarnished by the defendant.

Maria said she had also sent a letter of demand through her solicitor on Oct 4, last year to Jamal asking for a retraction and an apology over slanderous words.

She is seeking general damages and aggravated damages, as well as an injunction to stop Jamal from uttering or publishing similar words, either verbally, in print media, or through the Internet.