Saiful-Anwar $18.7mil suit hearing fixed for Aug 10

Saiful-Anwar $18.7mil suit hearing fixed for Aug 10

KUALA LUMPUR: Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan RM50 million (S$18.7 million) defamation suit against his former employer Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has been fixed for a 10-day trial before the High Court here.

Judicial Commissioner Azizul Azmi Adnan set the dates - Aug 10 to 14, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25 - after meeting both parties in chambers.

Mohd Saiful's lawyer Zamri Idrus told reporters that his client may be calling on 10 witnesses for his side.

Anwar's lawyer Shahid Adli Kamarudin said his client may call on three witnesses.

Shahid Adli said Anwar also intended to file an application to strike out certain paragraphs in Mohd Saiful's statement of claim regarding his conviction.

In the RM50mil suit, Mohd Saiful claimed Anwar ruined his good name and reputation by alleging that he meant to slander the politician by filing a police report over the sodomy incident.

Mohd Saiful said he had been through physical pain and suffering since 2008 as he was still accused of defaming the PKR leader.

Besides that, Mohd Saiful said the High Court had found him to be a credible witness and the finding was not disturbed by the Federal Court.

He said Anwar always alleged that the police report was defamatory whenever the PKR leader gave interviews to the media and at ceramah.

This, Mohd Saiful claimed, had caused him to be humiliated and his dignity ruined.

Mohd Saiful said Anwar, 67, had also filed a qazaf application at the Syariah High Court accusing him of making a false allegation against him, which received extensive coverage in the media.

He said he suffered depression whenever he read negative comments against him in websites, blogs and other media.

On Jan 9, 2012, Anwar was freed by the High Court of a charge of having sodomised Mohd Saiful, then 23, at a Desa Damansara condominium unit in Bukit Damansara on June 26, 2008.

The Court of Appeal had on March 7 last year unanimously overturned the acquittal and found Anwar guilty of sodomising Mohd Saiful in 2008 and jailed him five years.

The Federal Court upheld the conviction in a unanimous decision on Feb 10.

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