Editor applies for stay on court award to Anwar

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.

KUALA LUMPUR - News portal editor Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris, who has applied for a stay on a court's ruling to pay RM850,000 (S$328,160) to Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim over a defamation suit, will only know the court's decision late next month.

The High Court set May 26 to hear the application by Wan Muhammad Azri, allegedly known as blogger Papagomo, after JudiĀ­cial Commissioner Rosilah Yop met the parties in chambers yesterday.

Anwar's lawyer Shahid Adli said the court instructed his client to file an affidavit-in-reply by April 24 and Wan Muhammad Azri to file a further reply over the application by May 2.

On Feb 28, Anwar won his suit against the news portal editor over postings of alleged defamatory words and images implicating the PKR adviser with another man. The High Court awarded RM800,000 in general damages and RM50,000 in costs to Anwar. Rosilah held that Anwar had proven Wan Muhammad Azri, 31, was blogger Papagomo and that the defamatory statements referred to the PKR adviser.

In his suit filed last year, Anwar said the blogger implied that he was engaged in indecent acts with the man seen in the images on the Papagomo blog.

Wan Muhammad Azri said he never published words, images, videos or created any web link which was slanderous of Anwar.