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New date set for PM’s trial against publisher

Published on: Thursday April 28, 2022

By: Bernama

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Kuala Lumpur: The High Court has set a new date, July 25, to hear a cross-party application for an injunction in an action brought by Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob against the owner of Agenda Daily Media Enterprise for the publication of an article which allegedly defamed attorney Joshua Tan, representing Ismail Sabri when contacted, said the hearing date was set by Deputy Registrar Idamasliza Maarof while handling the case, conducted online (e- Review). “The motion will be heard before Judge Datuk Nik Hasmat Nik Mohamad via videoconference,” the lawyer said, adding that the hearing of the motion was set for Wednesday.

On March 4, the High Court granted a request by Ismail Sabri, 62, for an interim injunction against Muhamad Izwan Mohd Zubit, 37, to maintain the status quo pending settlement of the inter -parte (two parts) . On February 18, Ismail Sabri obtained an interim injunction from the High Court for the defendant to remove the posting and make no statement about him. Ismail Sabri, in his personal defamation suit, alleged that on January 30, Agenda Daily published the article on his website which contained various malicious, defamatory and false statements about him. He said the article, among other things, implied that he was desperate to continue being prime minister in any way and was even prepared to beg certain political parties not to withdraw their support for him, in more to deduce from it that he feared to become Prime Minister. minister with the shortest tenure in Malaysian history.

Following the publication of the article, Ismail Sabri said that his reputation as a member of UMNO and as Prime Minister had been tarnished, had caused him emotional turmoil and had had a negative effect on his political career. Meanwhile, Muhamad Izwan, in his statement of defense, claimed that he and the company practiced responsible journalism when writing and posting articles relating to Ismal Sabri on the website, and also denied that the article contained defamatory and malicious statements against the Prime Minister. Ismail Sabri, in his response, said he had never appealed to any political party to maintain support for him to continue as prime minister.
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