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Nizar to testify on 2nd Jan 2013

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KUALA LUMPUR: Former Perak mentri besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin will take the stand to give evidence in a RM50mil defamation suit pertaining to his tweets on the WWW1 registration plate that was awarded to the Sultan of Johor.

The suit against Sistem Tele­vision Malaysia Bhd is one of two suits he had filed on July 10.

The Bukit Gantang MP will give his evidence when the trial begins tomorrow, lawyer Mohd Fitri Asmuni told the Star yesterday.

He said Datuk Mohd Ashraf Abdullah, Media Prima Bhd’s TV and Radio Networks deputy group managing editor and TV3 senior news producer Rohani Ngah would be testifying on behalf of the defendant.

The parties met High Court judge Justice Yeoh Wee Siam when the matter was called up for case management in chambers here yesterday.

Muhammad Nizar had also filed a similar RM50mil suit against Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd, which publishes the Utusan Malaysia newspaper.

He is seeking RM50mil from both the TV station and the Malay daily over his statement on a Twitter account on May 28.

He said Utusan Malaysia had published a defamatory article on May 31, while the TV station had broadcast a defamatory statement over its Buletin Utama news programme on May 30.

In his statement of claim, Mohammad Nizar said the defendants had implied that he had tried to incite the people to hate the Sultan of Johor.

He said the statements also meant that he had alleged the ruler had misused the people’s funds to purchase the RM520,000 number plate.