Papagomo finally pays RM951,000 for defaming Anwar

Papagomo and his lawyer Irna Shahana Shamsuddin.

KUALA LUMPUR: Controversial blogger Papagomo has settled his outstanding damages amounting to about RM950,000 for defaming former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.

The amount — RM950,000 in a bank draft and another RM1,260 in one ringgit notes plus 30 sen — was paid to Anwar’s counsel Latheefa Koya and J Leela in the chambers of High Court deputy registrar Husna Dzulkifli.

Anwar filed the petition on June 30 to recover the money after Papagomo had exhausted the appeal process.

Papagomo, whose real name is Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris, said the money was raised from crowd funding over the last three months.

“The money mostly came from Umno members and other well-wishers,” he told reporters.

He said the exact amount due was RM951,260.27 but he gave Anwar an extra three sen “as donation”.

Papagomo’s lawyer Irna Shahana Shamsuddin said Anwar’s lawyers would withdraw the creditor’s petition tomorrow since the due sum had been settled.

Latheefa confirmed she received the bank draft and cash from Papagomo.

“We will have to cash the bank draft to confirm that all the due sum has been settled,” she said.

On Nov 2, the court gave Papagomo until today to settle the amount arising from a defamation suit Anwar filed against the former policeman who left the force after he was found guilty of corruption.

Besides the RM800,000 in damages awarded to Anwar, there was RM101,000 in interest on the principal amount not paid for the past four years plus legal costs of RM50,000.

In his RM100 million suit, Anwar, who is serving a five-year jail term for sodomy, claimed Papagomo had posted lewd images said to be of Anwar with another man in his blog between March 16 and 20, 2013.

High Court Judicial Commissioner Rosilah Yop ruled for Anwar on Feb 28, 2014.

The Court of Appeal upheld the damages awarded to Anwar while a three-member Federal Court bench in July last year refused to grant leave to Papagomo to appeal the decision.