Saiful's application to amend claims allowed

Saiful's application to amend claims allowed

KUALA LUMPUR - Mohd Saiful Buk­hari Azlan who sued his former em­­ployer Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for allegedly misusing his position and influence to sodomise him, succeeded in amending his statement of claim for defamation.

His lawyer Zamri Idrus said Judicial Commissioner Azi­zul Azmi Adnan allowed his client's application to amend his statement with RM1,000 (S$373) in costs.

Zamri said he was instructed to serve a copy of the amended claim on Anwar by Feb 6.

"Anwar has to file his amended statement of defence by Feb 23," he said.

Speaking to reporters here, Zamri said the court set March 13 for case management.

In his RM50mil suit, Mohd Saiful said Anwar had ruined his good name and reputation when the Oppo­­sition Leader alleged that he (Mohd Saiful) had slandered him in his 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.

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

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

The Court of Appeal unanimously overturned the acquittal on March 7 last year and found Anwar guilty and jailed him for five years.

The Federal Court heard Anwar's appeal to set aside his conviction and jail term and reserved judgment on Nov 7 last year.

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