Court orders Lokman Adam to remove social media posts linked to chief Syariah judge accused of sexual harassment

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  • Thursday, 20 Jan 2022

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has ordered Datuk Lokman Noor Adam to take down his social media posts about chief Syariah judge Datuk Dr Mohd Na’im Mokhtar over allegations of sexual harassment within the next 24 hours from Thursday (Jan 20).

Mohd Na'im's lawyer Datuk Akberdin Abdul Kader said that High Court judge Justice Rozana Ali Yusoff had allowed an ex-parte injunction application by him in his defamation lawsuit against the former Umno supreme council member.

"My client has obtained the interim injunction order to restrain Lokman or his agents from republishing the posts," he said when contacted by the press.

In today's proceedings conducted via Zoom, the court also fixed Feb 7 to hear an inter-parte hearing on the injunction.

On Jan 17, Mohd Na’im filed the suit against Lokman, alleging that Lokman had defamed him by making a statement during two Facebook Live sessions on the "Lokman Noor Adam Official" account on Jan 10 and 13.

The allegations against the judge was on sexual harassment on several women, including a "Datin".

The plaintiff claimed that the defendant uploaded the live sessions on his YouTube channel on Jan 10 and 14 and also uploaded three posts against him on Facebook on Jan 11 and 13.

Mohd Na’im said the defamatory statement had meant to, among others, paint him as a person who manipulated religion, a person who failed to be a credible leader with good morals, and had tarnished the image of the Syariah judiciary department as an institution.

He claimed the live sessions and posts had been spread to third parties and that the defendant’s Facebook and YouTube accounts could be viewed and commented on by the public.

He further claimed the defendant made the defamatory statements with intention for the same statements to be published locally and internationally through print and electronic media.

Mohd Na’im said a police report was lodged on Dec 12, 2021, to deny the allegations from the “Datin” against him and he had also lodged a police report against Lokman.

The plaintiff issued a letter of demand dated Jan 13 against the defendant for the latter to retract his defamatory statement, delete the Facebook posts and to apologise publicly within 24 hours but until today, the defendant had remained silent.

As a result, the plaintiff claimed the defamatory statements had tarnished his reputation and his image, and demeaned his integrity and status in the eyes of the public.

He is seeking for a court order for the defendant to take down the video and posts as well as an injunction to restrain the defendant from republishing the posts as well as an apology.

The plaintiff wants general damages in an amount to be assessed by the court, as well as exemplary (RM10mil), aggravated (RM10mil) and punitive damages (RM10mil), amounting to RM30mil, with interests and other reliefs deemed fit by the court.

The issue first came to light when a woman lodged a police report against Mohd Na’im in December 2021.

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