KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will file a defamation suit against former attorney general Tan Sri Tommy Thomas over a statement in his book,"My Story: Justice in the Wilderness”.
The matter was confirmed by the former prime minister's lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah when contacted by Bernama.
"Yes, we are suing him. Yesterday, Thomas had replied to our letter of demand and he said that he did not defame our client. The publisher, namely, GB Gerakbudaya Enterprise Sdn Bhd has not replied to our letter. We are going to file a defamation suit against both Thomas and the publisher as soon as possible," said Muhammad Shafee.
On Tuesday (Feb 2), Najib sent a letter through his solicitor Messrs. Shafee & Co to demand an apology and RM10 million in damages from Thomas over allegations against him in the book.
In the letter, Najib also gave Thomas until noon on Friday (Feb 5) to provide a satisfactory reply, failing which legal proceedings will be taken against him.
He also demanded an apology and unequivocal public retraction of the alleged defamatory statement in chapter 42 under the title "Altantuya" in the book.
Najib also said that by clear inference and innuendo, Thomas had conveyed the message that he, as the then Attorney-General and public prosecutor, was satisfied of the truthfulness of the allegations by two convicted persons that Najib was involved in directing them to murder Altantuya.
He added that the statement was clearly motivated by mala fide and principally done in Thomas' selfish pursuit of seeking cheap publicity, fuelled by his ego, sensationalism and profiteering. - Bernama