Ismail Sabri and Anina settle defamation suit

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Anina Saadudin have recorded a settlement in the Prime Minister’s defamation suit against the former Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Wanita chief.

On March 5, Ismail Sabri, who was then a senior minister, sued Anina, 46, for allegedly defaming him on Facebook and accusing him of being incompetent in discharging his duties as Senior Minister (Security Cluster) and Defence Minister during the implementation of the movement control order (MCO).

Lawyer Ragunath Kesavan, who represented Ismail Sabri, said on Monday (Sept 6) the parties have entered into a consent judgment based on the terms of an earlier injunction order.

"The consent judgment (was) entered this afternoon before High Court Judge Datuk Seri Mohd Firuz Jaffril. No order as to costs or damages,” the lawyer said, adding that Monday's outcome amounts to a full and final settlement over the legal action.

Ragunath said the settlement was recorded during proceedings held via Zoom.

On March 11, Ismail Sabri obtained an interim injunction order from the court to compel Anina to remove all defamatory statements about him from her Facebook page.

The court had previously set Oct 1 for the trial of the suit.

Ismail Sabri, 61, as the plaintiff had filed the suit in his personal capacity claiming that Anina had published 13 defamatory words against him, as well as uploaded a video on her Facebook page alleging, among other things, that the minister was incompetent in carrying out his duties while implementing strict regulations to combat the spread of Covid-19 through the MCO.

According to Ismail Sabri, due to the defamatory remarks, his reputation was tarnished and the posting of those remarks was done with ill intention to hurt and tarnish his good reputation and image.

As such, he sought general, exemplary and additional damages, with interest, costs and other reliefs deemed fit by the court. – Bernama

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