The High Court here today set Feb 17 for another case management of a defamation suit filed by activist Maria Chin Abdullah against Sungai Besar Umno division chief Jamal Md Yunos for linking Bersih 2.0 with the Daesh (Islamic State) terror group.
Judge Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab fixed the date in chambers after the suit came up for case management.
Maria’s lawyer, Melissa Sasidaran, told reporters when met after the proceeding, that Zaki set the date after being informed that her client had yet to receive the proposed terms of settlement from the defendant.
Also present during the proceeding was Jamal’s lawyer, Mohammed Nasser Yusof.
Last week, the court advised both parties to settle the suit amicably.
Maria, 60, who is steering committee chairman of the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0), filed the suit against Jamal, who is also the Coalition of Malay Non-governmental Organisations chairman and leader of the Red Shirts movement on Oct 7 last year.
In her statement of claim, Maria said Jamal had allegedly issued the defamatory statement on two occasions. The first time was at a press conference within the grounds of the Putra World Trade Centre on Sept 28, and the second at the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman on Oct 4.
She claimed that the defamatory statement, published in the newspapers and online news portals, had tarnished her reputation and good name.
She was seeking general, aggravated and exemplary damages, as well as an injunction to restrain the defendant from repeating or publishing the defamatory words.
Source : @ Bernama Online