Court fixes Oct 9 to hear Maria's suit against Jamal over IS remark

KHAIRAH N. KARIM


KUALA LUMPUR: A four-day trial beginning Oct 9 has been fixed by the High Court for a defamation suit by Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah against Sungai Besar Umno division chief Datuk Jamal Md Yunos, for linking Bersih 2.0 with the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.


Maria's lawyer Melissa Sasidaran said judge Datuk Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab today has also fixed May 22 for case management in chambers.


She said on the case management date, both parties will finalise and sort out common documents that will be used during trial.


Maria, 60, filed a lawsuit against Jamal on Oct 7 last year for alleging that the electoral watchdog had been infiltrated by the terrorist group.


In the suit, she included claims for general and aggravated damages.


She claimed that Jamal, who is also chairman of the Coalition of Malay non-governmental organisations (NGOs), had allegedly uttered the defamatory statements on two occasions.


The first instance allegedly occurred outside Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) on Sept 28, while the second was at the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman on Oct 4.


She claimed that the defamatory words, which were published in newspapers and online news portals, implied that she was abetting the terrorist group and was an agent of IS.


On Oct 5, Jamal tore up a letter of demand by Chin for an apology before flushing it down a public toilet.


Lawyer Mohammed Nasser Yusof acted for Jamal.