Published: Tuesday March 19, 2013 MYT 11:15:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday March 19, 2013 MYT 1:53:10 PM
Ex-MACC chief apologises to Selangor MB over abuse of power allegations
By QISHIN TARIQ
KUALA LUMPUR: Former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) head Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan has issued an apology to Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim as part of a settlement in a defamation suit.
On Monday, both parties had reached a settlement in the defamation suit filed by Khalid against the MACC and two others over allegations of abuse of power.
"I sincerely apologise for the statement I made that was published by the media in 2009," said Ahmad Said, before Justice Lau Bee Lan in open court on Tuesday.
He said the statement was made in his capacity as the then MACC head, in response to questions posed by the media in regards to an investigation into Khalid.
"The statements were made without malicious intent and were not intended to damage the reputation, image and integrity of the plaintiff (Khalid)," he said.
Khalid's counsel S. N. Nair told the court that Ahmad Said would run an open apology on the front page of New Straits Times, and on any page in The Star, within four days from today (Tuesday).
Justice Lau thanked the parties for reaching a settlement.
Khalid and Ahmad Said were seen shaking hands after the proceedings.
Khalid said he has accepted Ahmad Said's apology and would not pursue any compensation.
"I accept his explanation that he made the statement in his capacity as MACC head," he said.
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