Utusan fails in appeal, ordered to pay Anwar RM200k

25 May 2016


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Malaysiakini- Hafiz Yatim (25 May 2016)


The Court of Appeal today dismissed an appeal by Umno-owned newspaper Utusan Malaysia which was ordered to pay RM200,000 to former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim over a defamation suit.

However, the court ordered the interest to be charged from the date of judgment and not from the date of filing.

 In his decision, Justice Prasad Sandosham said: “We are not with you (Utusan‘s) counsel.”

He also ordered Utusan to pay RM5,000 costs.

The other judges with him are Justice Zabariah Mohd Yusof and Justice Asmabi Mohamad.

Anwar won his suit against Utusan and its chief editor Abdul Aziz Ishak in 2013, following the daily’s publication, citing his interview with the BBC in 2012, that he supported lesbians, gays, transexuals and bisexuals.

Kuala Lumpur High Court judge Hue Siew Kheng ordered the daily to RM200,000 in damages.

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