“Red Shirts” movement leader Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos has been ordered to enter his defence following a defamation suit filed by Bersih 2.0 chair Maria Chin Abdullah.
News portal Malaysiakini reported that Kuala Lumpur High Court issued the order after Maria’s lawyers informed the court’s deputy registrar, Norfauzani Mohd Nordin, that they had served the originating summons on Jamal.
The matter was fixed for case management on December 27 before Justice Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab, and Jamal was also ordered to file any applications before the date.
“Following that, the court ordered Jamal to file his defence by December 2 and for us to submit a reply to the defence by December 16,” Maria’s lawyer, Melissa Sasidaran was quoted as saying.
In October, Maria filed the lawsuit following Jamal’s claim that the electoral reform group was linked to the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.
Jamal’s accusation was made at a press conference on September 28 and again on October 4 when he lodged a police report over the matter.
Maria had previously said Jamal was avoiding her lawyers’ attempts to serve him the legal notice.
She proceeded with the suit after Jamal tore her letter of demand and flushed it down a toilet on October 5.
The letter of demand from Bersih asked that Jamal apologise within 48 hours for alleging that the movement had been infiltrated by IS and intends to use the November 19’s Bersih 5 rally to topple the government.
Source : The Malay Mail Online