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Syiah follower loses libel case against Utusan

Thu 2011-Dec-15 @ +08 13:39:08 pm

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In another libel case, Utusan Malaysia succeeded in defending itself against a suit by Mohd Kamilzuhairi Abdul Aziz, a man caught in a raid on Syiah followers in Gombak last year. Mohd Kamilzuhairi said Utusan’s report had portrayed him as a follower of deviant teaching when it relied on a statement by Muhammad Khusrin, director of Selangor’s religious department, after a Jais raid on Syiah followers at Taman Sri Gombak in Batu Caves.

Utusan’s defence relied on qualified privilege (the raid was an official action, and the statement by an officer with authority to speak). It said Mohd Kamilzuhairi was not named in the report.

High Court judge Justice V.T Singham dismissed the suit. He said Mohd Kamilzuhairi had failed to show any fact or material or any special circumstances, and ordered him to pay RM4,500 in costs. Mohd Kamilzuhairi was denied a stay pending appeal.
» See report in the Star



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