Friday March 1, 2013
Retired director suing former IGP
By MAIZATUL NAZLINA
KUALA LUMPUR: Retired Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Datuk Ramli Yusuff has filed a defamation suit against former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan for allegedly tarnishing his reputation at a press conference last year.
Ramli filed the suit at the Kuala Lumpur High Court Registry on Tuesday. The suit was made available to the press yesterday.
In his statement of claim, Ramli claimed that on Dec 10 last year, Musa had uttered and made statements at a press conference held by MyWatch that was covered by various news providers including Free Malaysia Today, an Internet news portal.
He said the video clip was transcribed and reproduced in full.
Ramli stated that the impugned words referred to and were understood to refer to him as he was named.
He said the words were defamatory and/or libellous and in their ordinary and natural meaning, on the face of it or in any context or otherwise, meant that he was a dishonest person and corrupt.
The plaintiff said it would mean that he had committed a criminal offence punishable with imprisonment and he had fabricated and lodged false declarations on his assets and accumulated his wealth through corrupt means.
Ramli claimed that the defendant published or caused to be published or republished intentionally or otherwise the impugned statements and the impugned words when he held the press conference.
Ramli said he suffered considerable distress, anxiety and embarrassment, which entitles him to aggravated and exemplary damages.
He claimed that the extent of the publication of the statements and words or their gist appeared on the Internet, which is accessible to viewers in any part of the world where Internet services were available.
The plaintiff is seeking general, aggravated and exemplary damages and an injunction to restrain Musa from further uttering, speaking, writing or publishing or disseminating the statements and words concerning him.
Ramli is also seeking a 5% rate on the adjudged sums from the date of the filing of the writ, costs and any further reliefs deemed fit and proper by the court.