KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Dr Mazlan Ismail (pic) has apologised at the High Court here in a suit by PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim against him and two others.
Anwar filed the suit against Mazlan, who was the Barisan Nasional candidate for Permatang Pauh constituency in the 2013 general election, Sistem Televisyen Malaysia Bhd (TV3) and Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd for allegedly implying that he had bribed the judiciary and the Attorney General's Chambers.
Mazlan, who read out the apology at the witness stand, made references to a press conference held at his house and Buletin Utama news at TV3 on Aug 2, 2013, as well as articles published at Utusan Malaysia the following day.
He admitted that the TV3 news broadcast and the articles were a result of the press conference conducted at his house.
"In the press conference, I had referred to a letter which claimed that plaintiff (Anwar) had paid RM50mil to Karpal Singh and Co law firm to bribe the judiciary and the prosecution since 2008.
"I hereby confirm that I conducted the press conference without making any verification and proper checks. I also confirm that I had spread the report to the media present at the press conference without concrete reason," he said on Friday (Sept 28).
Mazlan said that he was aware that any corruption allegation against the judiciary and any parties was serious and he should first confirm it.
He said he was sad and was very sorry for his action and admitted that the report had tarnished the plaintiff's and others' reputation mentioned in the report.
"Therefore, I retract the statement against the plaintiff without any conditions. I would like to apologise to the plaintiff and give assurance not to publish the same report pertaining to the plaintiff," he said.
However, the consent judgement for TV3 and Utusan Melayu would be read out on Oct 12.
In the lawsuit, Anwar said Mazlan had falsely and maliciously caused the defamatory statements to be published in the Buletin Utama broadcast at 8pm on Aug 2, 2013.
He said the defamatory statements were published and distributed by Utusan Melayu in its daily Utusan Malaysia on Aug 3, 2013.
The PKR leader said the words implied that he was unethical, unprofessional, dishonest, a liar and immoral.
In the statement of claim filed on Oct 15, 2015, Anwar said the words meant that he was a person who committed acts which were criminal in nature that could be prosecuted, negligent and not fit to hold a public position.
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