Suit is filed to prevent the blogger from continuing his slander against Anwar, says the opposition leader's lawyer.
KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim today filed a RM100 million defamation suit against pro-Umno blogger Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris, better known as Papagomo, for implicating the former in another alleged sex scandal.
Speaking to reporters before filing the suit at the Kuala Lumpur High Court registry here today, Anwar’s lawyer N Surendran said that they decided to go ahead with the suit after giving Papagomo 48 hours to apologise through a letter of demand sent recently.
Surendran said the suit was filed to deter Papagomo, claimed to be an Umno henchman, from continuing to slander the opposition leader.
The blogger posted explicit photos taken from a video grab of a man resembling Anwar kissing and fondling another man, on his blogsite on March 16.
Anwar has since denied that the man in the video was him and has said that this was the work of Umno.
“These slanderous allegations were made with the knowledge that the election is just around the corner. He failed to apologise and other than further challenging Anwar, he has also repeated the slanderous words against Anwar on his blogsite.
“If he is not stopped then he will continue to post more slanderous words and images. We have to do this to prevent him from continuing to slander Anwar,” said Surendran.
Anwar is seeking RM100 million in general, aggravated and exemplary damages. He is also seeking an injunction to prevent Papagomo from further publishing slanderous words and images against him on the Internet.
“He [Papagomo] has a close relationship with Umno, whose members are Anwar’s enemies. As this is the work of Umno, they will surely be able to pay for it. We will pursue this until he is bankrupt forever,” he said.
Surendran also stated that they hold Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to be personally responsible for this.
“If you want to know the true face of Najib, it is through the words of Papagomo,” he said.
He added that there is no use in filing a complaint with the MCMC or the police as “it would be a waste of time”.
“They are not independent. With them there is no chance at all. In court we have a better chance. We take civil action to bankrupt people who continue to do these kind of things,” he said.