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Anwar Ibrahim’s RM100mil defamation suit against Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar to proceed at the High Court

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PUTRAJAYA – The Appeals Court Thursday ordered that the Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s RM100mil defamation suit against Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar to proceed for trial at the High Court.

The Appeals Court three-member panel led by Justice Datuk Ramly Ali unanimously dismissed Khairy’s appeal to get the defamation suit summarily struck out.

Justice Ramly held that the case was not a suitable case to be struck out under the High Court Rules.

“The case should go for trial since there are some uncertainties under Section 43 of the Evidence Act,” he said.

Khairy was appealing against the decision of a Kuala Lumpur High Court which had on Dec 21, last year, rejected his application to strike out the defamation suit.

He had sought to strike out the suit on grounds that the civil suit was frivolous, vexatious and an abuse of the court process.

The panel, also comprising Justices Datuk Zaharah Ibrahim and Anantham Kasinater, ordered Khairy to pay RM10,000 in legal cost to Anwar.

Anwar’s counsel Datuk Sulaiman Abdullah told reporters that the High Court had set Nov 14 and Nov 20 for hearing of the suit. – Bernama