Court allows Yong Teck Lee's appeal, orders Harris Salleh to return $0.4mil

Court allows Yong Teck Lee's appeal, orders Harris Salleh to return $0.4mil

KOTA KINABALU - Former chief minister Datuk Harris Salleh has been ordered to return the RM1mil (S$0.4mil) awarded to him by a High Court in his RM50mil defamation suit against Sabah Progressive party president Datuk Yong Teck Lee.

A three-member Court of Appeal on Monday allowed Yong's appeal to set aside the March 1 decision by judge Datuk Abdul Rahman Sebli.

Abdul Rahman had ruled against Yong for insinuating that Harris was somehow to be blamed for the Double Six air crash tragedy that killed then Chief Minister Tun Mohd Fuad Stephens in 1976.

In setting aside the High Court decision, the Appeals Court panel of Datuk Linton Albert, Datuk Anantham Kasinather and Datuk Seri Zakaria Sam ordered Harris to pay RM150,000 in costs to Yong.

It ordered Harris to refund the RM1mil and other amounts already paid by Yong within two weeks.

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