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Ismail Sabri, Anina Saadudin settle defamation suit

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 6  — Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Anina Saadudin (image) recorded a settlement as we speak over the Prime Minister’s defamation suit in opposition to the previous Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Wanita chief.

On March 5, Ismail Sabri, who was then a senior minister sued Anina, 46, for allegedly defaming him on Facebook and accusing him of being incompetent in discharging his duties as Senior Minister (Security Cluster) and Defence Minister in the course of the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO).

Lawyer Ragunath Kesavan, who represented Ismail Sabri, mentioned events have entered right into a consent judgment primarily based on the phrases of the sooner injunction order.

“The consent judgment entered this afternoon earlier than High Court Judge Datuk Seri Mohd Firuz Jaffril. No order as to prices or damages,” the lawyer mentioned, including that as we speak’s consequence quantities to a full and ultimate settlement over the authorized motion.

Ragunath mentioned the settlement was recorded throughout proceedings held through Zoom.

On March 11, Ismail Sabri obtained an interim injunction order from the court docket to compel Anina to take away all defamatory statements about him on her Facebook web page.

The court docket had beforehand set Oct 1 for the trial of the suit.

Ismail Sabri, 61, because the plaintiff had filed the suit in his private capability claiming that Anina had revealed 13 defamatory phrases in opposition to him, in addition to uploaded a video on her Facebook web page alleging, amongst different issues, that the minister was incompetent in finishing up his duties whereas implementing strict rules to fight the unfold of the COVID-19 by the MCO.

According to Ismail Sabri, because of the defamatory remarks, his popularity was tarnished and

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