Businessman files defamation suit against G25 spokesperson

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PETALING JAYA: A director of a company has filed a defamation suit against Noor Farida Ariffin, from the G25 group of eminent Malays, over a Facebook comment.

According to My Nation, Azmi Arshad is suing the former Sessions Court judge for allegedly slandering him on Facebook in May.

Azmi filed the suit earlier today.

He claimed that the comment was mala fide and had affected his reputation, leading him to incur losses.

He is seeking damages, an apology and an injunction to prevent Noor Farida from repeating her comments.

In May, it was reported that Noor Farida was suing Azmi for implying that she was treacherous and had insulted Islam.

The spokesperson for G25 said Azmi had, on July 13 last year, published a defamatory article on his Facebook account and the “Portal Islam & Melayu” website.

In her suit, Noor Farida claimed that her personal and business reputation had been damaged and she had undergone considerable distress, hurt and embarrassment.

Like Azmi, Noor Farida is also seeking general damages for libel, an apology and an injunction against Azmi further publishing similar defamatory words against her.

However, Azmi denied defaming her, insisting the facts “were true and justified” and argued that his article and the Facebook posting were fair comment on a matter involving public interest.