KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here has ordered Lokman Noor Adam to file his statement of defence to a defamation suit brought by Khairy Jamaluddin over statement’s made by the former about Khairy’s Covid-19 vaccination status.
The document must be filed by Thursday (March 3), Lokman’s lawyer, Norfazilah Jaafar, told reporters. She said the court had also ordered Khairy to file an affidavit in reply on March 17.
Khairy, who is health minister, had filed a defamation suit in his personal capacity against Lokman, a former Umno Supreme Council member on Jan 25. Khairy said Lokman had made statements implying that Khairy had lied and deceived the public about his vaccination status.
He also sought an order for the statements and videos to be deleted, and an injunction restraining Lokman from republishing the posts. He also requested that Lokman remove defamatory statements republished on all news portals and social media accounts within 24 hours.
In his statement of claim, Khairy, 46, said Lokman had defamed him through two videos and a picture on the latter’s Facebook page and in two live broadcasts on Facebook and his YouTube page.