Thursday January 17, 2013
Anwar’s defamation suit against Khairy settled in court
KUALA LUMPUR: The defamation suit brought by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim against Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar has been settled.
High Court judge Justice Su Geok Yiam recorded the consent judgment between the two parties.
Justice Su got the confirmation from the Opposition Leader and Khairy over the details of the settlement in open court.
There was no order as to costs.
“I thank the parties for bringing this trial to an expeditious resolution,” said Justice Su, who presided over the trial on Tuesday.
Under the terms of settlement, Khairy is now prepared to say he did not say the offending words at a ceramah in Kuala Kangsar on Aug 1, 2007.
The terms further state that the matter is resolved after Khairy explained the statements.
Anwar testified on Tuesday that his professional and personal reputation was tarnished following the statements.
He filed the suit on Sept 7, 2007, claiming that Khairy, who was then Umno Youth deputy chief, defamed him at a political function in Kuala Kangsar, Perak, in August 2007.
He claimed the statements 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.