July hearing for Pua’s appeal against withdrawal of defamation suit by Najib

Najib Razak had sued Damansara MP Tony Pua for defamation over the tabling of the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill.

PUTRAJAYA: The hearing of Damansara MP Tony Pua’s application for leave to appeal against the Court of Appeal’s decision to uphold the withdrawal of Najib Razak’s defamation lawsuit against him has been rescheduled to July 22.

Based on information posted on the court website, the hearing was initially scheduled to be heard today.

Pua’s lawyer, Tan Cheng Long, said the Federal Court had, during case management conducted through e-Review on Monday, rescheduled the hearing to July 22.

Pua is seeking leave to appeal against the Oct 15, 2019 decision by the Court of Appeal.

The three-member bench led by Justice Hamid Sultan Abu Backer had allowed Pua to receive damages after the High Court in 2018 granted Najib’s application to withdraw his defamation suit against him over the tabling of the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill.

The appellate court also ordered the case to go back to the High Court for assessment of the damages. It also set aside the injunction obtained by Najib in his suit.

The Court of Appeal, however, upheld the High Court’s decision in 2018 to allow Najib to withdraw his suit against Pua despite the latter’s objection.

Najib sued Pua in his personal capacity, alleging that he had made defamatory statements against him in a two-minute and 21-second live video uploaded onto his official Facebook page.

Following the suit, the Kuala Lumpur High Court granted Najib an injunction to prevent Pua from continuing to make similar statements and air the video clip.

Pua failed in his appeal in the Court of Appeal on Feb 14, 2018 to lift the injunction order granted by the High Court to Najib.

The hearing of his appeal in the Federal Court against the injunction order has also been fixed on July 23.

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