Phillip Among's lawyer sues association, president for defamation

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah STAR leader Phillip Among's counsel, Marcel Jude Joseph, has filed a defamation suit against a local association and its president for allegedly trying to stop him from carrying out his duties as a lawyer.

He named Shalmon Sanangan and the Persatuan Pengamal Adat Sabah in the suit filed at the Kota Kinabalu High Court.

In his suit, Joseph contends that he did not at any point during the June 10 bail hearing for Among utter the words "exotic cattle show" before Magistrate Jessica Ombou Kakayun.

Joseph, who came under fire earlier this week, has apologised to Unduk Ngadau organising chairman Joanna Kitingan for the alleged remarks that were apparently within the notes of his bail argument for Among.

Joseph, however, has maintained that he never uttered those words in open court.

Among was charged with molesting two women including an Unduk Ngadau participant.

Since Joseph's apology, the Kadazandusun Murut Cultural Association (KDCA) president Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, who is the paramount leader of the Kadazandusun, Murut and Rungus people, has asked for Joseph to be hauled up to the Native Court for going against customs among other matters.

Pairin's younger brother, Datuk Seri Jeffrey, who is Sabah STAR president and a Deputy Chief Minister, also told reporters that they were filing defamation suits against Joseph and another person for alleged unsavoury remarks on the native customs.

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