Published: Wednesday January 16, 2013 MYT 10:14:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday January 16, 2013 MYT 12:16:24 PM
Anwar, Khairy reach settlement over defamation case (Updated)
By M. MAGESWARI
KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has reached a settlement in his defamation suit against Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin.
High Court judge Justice Su Geok Yiam recorded the settlement and confirmed it with Anwar and Khairy in open court here Wednesday.
Anwar had filed the suit on Sept 7, 2007, claiming that Khairy, who was then Umno Youth deputy chief, had made statements to ruin his political career.
Justice Su also said there would be no order as to costs.
"I thank the parties for bringing this trial to an expeditious resolution. The court can use time to dispose other cases," said Justice Su, who heard the defamation trial on Tuesday.
Under the terms of settlement, Khairy was prepared to say he did not say offending words at a ceramah in Kuala Kangsar on Aug 1, 2007 which imputed that Anwar was a "traitor to the Malay cause" and that the PKR leader was a "puppet of the United States and the Jews".
The terms further stated that the matter stood resolved after Khairy had explained the statements, as opposed to the position he had taken earlier.
Speaking to reporters later, Anwar, 65, said he had sued Khairy after perusing the contents of a transcript of a recording of Khairy's political speech in Kuala Kangsar which was supplied to him.
He added that he was satisfied with Khairy's explanation on the matter that he had not said the offensive words.
Anwar had testified on Tuesday that his professional and personal reputation was tarnished following the allegedly slanderous statements made by Khairy at the ceramah.
In his suit, Anwar had claimed that Khairy, then the Umno Youth deputy chief, had defamed him at a political function in Kuala Kangsar, Perak, in August 2007.
He claimed the defamatory statements were carried by the print and electronic media in the country on Aug 3, 2007, and portrayed him as a politician who could not be trusted by the Malays, who did not give importance to the struggle of the Malays and their rights, and that he was capable of betraying the Malay struggle and rights just to get the support of non-Malays in the country.
Khairy's statements did not tarnish Anwar's reputation, court hears