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Court orders mediation for Pahang MB vs Utusan case

KUALA LUMPUR, July 17: The High Court here today ordered the parties involved in Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob’s defamation case against Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd to settle through mediation.

The defendant’s lawyer Azhar Aman Ali said the mediation process set for Aug 4, would be chaired by justice Datuk Nik Hasmat Nik Mohamad.

“If the mediation fails, the case will proceed to trial, which has been fixed for Aug 7, 8,10 and 11,” he told the media.

Adnan’s lawyer Americk Singh Sidhu confirmed the information. The case was heard in chambers today.

On Feb 13, the Federal Court ordered the case to be remitted to the High Court for trial after ruling that the latter did not make a clear-cut decision on whether Adnan had filed the suit in his personal or official capacity.

The federal court made the ruling after allowing Adnan’s appeal against the decision of the Court of Appeal on March 1, last year to set aside his civil action.

Adnan sued Utusan Melayu in regard to an article in Mingguan Malaysia, under the heading, ‘Hebat Sangatkah Adnan’ on Nov 9, 2014.

In his statement of claim, the plaintiff alleged that the defendant had tarnished his reputation as a national leader and politician through the article.

Utusan Melayu subsequently filed an application to set aside the suit. The High Court dismissed the application.

The defendant resorted to the Court of Appeal which overturned the high court’s decision.– Bernama

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