$77,400 defamation suit against Hadi postponed to Dec 7

KUALA TERENGGANU: The RM 2 million (S$77,400) defamation trial involving PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang has been postponed again due to the no-show of the plaintiff's witness.

Judge Datuk Mohd Yazid Mustafa postponed the case to Dec 7 and ordered both the defendant and plaintiff to make their final submissions with or without the witness' presence.

The plaintiff, Mohd Shamsul Mat Amin, named a Malay daily as one of his witnesses in the suit against Hadi.

However, the representative of the newspaper did not show up on Sunday although a police warrant has been issued.

"The judge decided to postpone this case after the plaintiff's witness failed to show up. A police warrant had been issued but it has not been executed.

"The trial is adjourned to Dec 7 and both sides will make their final submissions then even if the witness does not turn up," Hadi's lawyer Asmuni Awi told reporters at the Kuala Terengganu High Court here.

Hadi made his defence statement on Oct 28.

Mohd Shamsul contested for PKR in Bukit Besi during the 13th general election.

The businessman alleged that Hadi had defamed him during a ceramah at Kampung Tebakang, Marang, on April 22, 2013 when the latter claimed that one of PKR's election candidates was a pil kuda (methamphetamine pills) dealer.

PAS eventually fielded its candidate against Mohd Shamsul at Bukit Besi.

This was opposed to Pakatan Rakyat's mutual agreement that its component parties should not contest against each other.

Barisan Nasional won the three-way contest on May 5 last year.