Thursday December 1, 2011
High Court agrees article on Zambry in Suara Keadilan is defamatory
By LISA GOH
KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here has agreed with Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir (pic) that a majority of the 13 “meanings” of words in an article published by Suara Keadilan were defamatory against him.
Justice Hue Siew Kheng made his ruling on the “meanings” after meeting counsel from both parties in chambers yesterday.
Dr Zambry is suing PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, PKR deputy president Datuk Dr Syed Husin Ali and two others for RM100mil.
His lead counsel Datuk Firoz Hussein Jamaluddin told reporters that the court had agreed that almost all the meanings derived from the article were defamatory in nature.
Following this, there will be an assessment of damages. Lawyer Jamie Wong represented the defendants.
On Feb 25 last year, Dr Zambry filed the suit over the defamatory article which said he had been denied entry into the United States on grounds of involvement in terrorism.
In his statement of claim, Dr Zambry said Suara Keadilan published and circulated an article titled “Zambry disyaki pengganas gagal masuk ke Amerika Syarikat” (Zambry denied entry to US on suspicion of being a terrorist) in its Dec 29, 2009 to Jan 5, 2010 edition.
In their statement of defence, the defendants stated that an apology titled “Mohon Maaf Dr Zambry” and withdrawal of the article were published in the Suara Keadilan edition of March 30 to April 5.
On Nov 22 last year, Dr Zambry won the suit after senior assistant registrar Noordura Mohamed Din allowed his application to enter judgment against all the defendants on an admission (in their statement of defence) over three of the “meanings”.
However, on June 14 this year, Dr Zambry filed an application asking the court to decide whether the other “meanings” implied in the article published amounted to defamation.