PETALING JAYA: Former attorney general Tan Sri Tommy Thomas has denied defaming Datuk Seri Najib Razak in his recently released autobiography, My Story: Justice in the Wilderness.
Thomas in his reply to the former prime minister’s letter of demand, seeking a public apology, denied all material allegations in Najib’s letter.
The letter of reply through his lawyers, Tommy Thomas Advocates and Solicitors, noted their client denied he had committed the tort of defamation against your client, as alleged or at all.
“We have instructions to accept service of process. All our client’s rights are reserved, ” read the letter dated Feb 4 that was addressed to Najib’s lawyers Messrs Shafee & Co.
On Feb 2, Najib sent a letter through his solicitor to demand an apology and RM10mil in damages over allegations against him in Thomas’ memoir.
Najib also gave Thomas until noon on 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 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.
Najib’s lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah had said that they received the response and would initiate legal proceedings against Tommy.
Thomas released his 573-page memoir on Jan 31.
To date, police said 134 reports had so far been lodged against Tommy over his book, which contains allegations against many parties over various matters.