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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Hearing of Mukhriz's defamation suit against Tengku Sharifuddin on July 13



The Kuala Lumpur High Court today set July 13 for hearing of a defamation suit brought by former Kedah menteri besar Mukhriz Mahathir against the Press Secretary to the Prime Minister, Tengku Sharifuddin Tengku Ahmad.
Judge Ahmad Zaidi Ibrahim fixed the date in chambers in the presence of  Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla, the counsel for Mukhriz and Ooi She Yi  and Najihah Baharom, the counsel for Tengku Sharifuddin.
Mohamed Haniff told reporters the court fixed July 13, 14,  and Oct 19, 20 for hearing and fixed June 14 for case management.
"We will call three witnesses namely the plaintiff (Mukhriz), Dr Mahathir Mohamad (Mukhriz's father) and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Muhyiddin Yassin to testify in the hearing."
Meanwhile, Ooi said they would present  three witnesses to testify in the hearing including the defendant (Tengku Sharifuddin).
Mukhriz filed the suit on May 3, 2016, claiming that Tengku Sharifuddin had issued four defamatory statements about him on April 15, 20, 23 and 26, 2016.
He claimed the defamatory statements suggested that Mahathir, Muhyiddin and himself conspired to topple a legitimately elected government.
Tengku Sharifuddin, in his statement of defence filed on June 14, 2016, denied the four statements were defamatory of Mukhriz  but stressed they were  to explain and counter unjust accusations against Najib Abdul Razak.
Mohamed Haniff also told reporters that Mukhriz's suit against former DAP vice-chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim was fixed for hearing on Nov 27.

The suit was related to two statements by Tunku Abdul Aziz who claimed that Mukhriz was promised the post of prime minister if Pakatan Harapan wins the 14th general election 14 (GE14).
Judge Nor Bee Ariffin set the date in chambers during case management today. The court also fixed January 11, 12, 18 and 19, 2018 for hearing and August 4 for case management.
The plaintiff (Mukhriz)  will call six witnesses while the defendant (Tunku Abdul Aziz) will call three witnesses to testify in the hearing.  

--Bernama

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