Published: Monday February 18, 2013 MYT 10:24:00 AM
Updated: Monday February 18, 2013 MYT 10:27:54 AM
Indera Mahkota MP settles libel suit against Utusan
By M. MAGESWARI
KUALA LUMPUR: Indera Mahkota MP Azan Ismail has recorded a settlement with Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd over a defamation suit filed by him three years ago.
High Court judge Justice Hue Siew Kheng recorded the consent judgment in chambers Monday.
Azan said the settlement included a sum to be paid to him which would not be disclosed to the media.
Utusan lawyer T.K.B. Mohana Kumar said the daily will also publish a correction, which would include an apology, as part of the settlement.
In his statement of claim filed on April 5, 2010, Azan said Utusan Malaysia editor Zulkiflee Bakar had written an article for the publication in the newspaper on March 6, 2010, entitled "Bahtera Siapa Semakin Bocor?"(Whose Ship is Leaking?) that carried his photograph among other politicians, and that was unfounded.
Azan said Utusan Melayu published a follow-up report under "Ralat" (Correction) on March 8, 2010 where it said he did not leave PKR but had resigned all positions in the party.
He said the article implied that he was immoral, did not stand firm on the party leadership and did not care for the interest of his constituents.
He sought RM29mil in damages, an injunction against Zulkiflee to stop him from writing any libellous article against him and prevent the publisher from printing any similar words.
In the statement of defence filed on May 18, 2010, Utusan said the claim did not disclose any reasonable cause of action for libel, and that the article and photograph were protected by qualified privilege.