Nurul Izzah, who is Lembah Pantai Member of Parliament sued Khalid and Ismail Sabri over statements allegedly made by them after the appearance of a photograph showing her with self-styled Sulu princess Jacel Kiram.
She claimed that Khalid had allegedly uttered slanderous words against her during a press conference at the Bukit Aman police headquarters on Nov 22, last year, while Ismail Sabri had uttered similar defamatory words during a media event in his Bera parliamentary constituency in Pahang on the same day.
In her statement of claim, Nurul Izzah claimed the words implied, among others, that she was involved in the Sulu intrusion in Sabah In 2013.
18 April 2018
Nurul Izzah awarded RM1m in suit against ex-IGP, Ismail Sabri
PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar today won her defamation suit against former inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar and caretaker rural and regional development minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob over her meeting with self-styled Sulu princess Jacel Kiram.
The High Court in Kuala Lumpur ordered Khalid and Ismail to pay the incumbent Lembah Pantai MP RM400,000 and RM600,000 respectively.
Judicial commissioner Faizah Jamaluddin also ordered them to pay a total of RM80,000 in costs.
Commenting on the decision, Nurul pledged that the amount she won will be channelled to the families of those who died in the Lahad Datu incursion in 2013.
“I feel vindicated as they made various allegations against me of treason. But I am a patriot, ” she said.
19 March 2018
Ex-IGP acted with malice against Nurul Izzah, says lawyer
Former inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar has been accused of acting with malice against PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar in describing her 2015 meeting with Jacel Kiram as being planned.
Lawyer R Sivarasa, representing Nurul Izzah, told the High Court in Kuala Lumpur today that Khalid had disregarded his client’s explanation over her photograph with Jacel.
“Khalid’s failure to make any sort of corrective statement after the investigation is also evidence of malice. A responsible or professional police official would have completed the investigation and clarified the position.
“He assumed without an iota of evidence that Nurul Izzah’s meeting with Jacel was pre-planned. He completely disregard Nurul Izzah’s public explanation that she did not seek to arrange the meeting,” Sivarasa said before judicial commissioner Faizah Jamaludin.
In court today, Sivarasa also said the malice of Khalid’s action were evident in Nurul Izzah…being held in Bukit Aman overnight when she came to the police headquarters voluntarily to provide a statement.
“My client was told that she was held overnight with the orders coming from the highest level of Bukit Aman. Khalid must have been briefed by his officers, but yet made the statement,” he said.
The lawyer also revealed in court today that Ismail’s offer to settle the lawsuit earlier this month failed to materialise.
Ismail had called for action to be taken against Nurul Izzah under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act and the Penal Code for the offence of waging war against Yang di-Pertuan Agong after the photo of her and Jacel emerged.
According to Sivarasa, Ismail should still be held liable for defamation, as it had been proved that the meeting with Jacel had not planned beforehand.
“These are not comments, let alone fair comments. These are defamatory to Nurul Izzah based on the assumption that the meeting was pre-planned.
“If we are wrong in our contention, it is submitted that the defence will still fail, as the as the defence of fair comment must be based on facts established to be true.
“The plaintiff has proven that the meeting is coincidental,” he said.
Hence, Sivarasa argued that the court should consider awarding his client aggravated and exemplary damages, along with general damages.
Faizah fixed April 9 to deliver her decision.
23 October 2017
Umno minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob has insisted that PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar’s meeting with self-styled Sulu princess Jacel Kiram two years ago was tantamount to treason.
“This is because she met an individual linked to a group that declared war against Malaysia and intruded into Lahad Datu, Sabah.
“I am of the view that action can be taken against Nurul Izzah under the Penal Code and Prevention of Terrorism Act (Pota) 2015,” he testified in the High Court in Kuala Lumpur today.
The rural and regional development minister was the third and last witness in the defamation suit brought by Nurul Izzah against him and former inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar in 2015.
When grilled by Nurul’s counsel R Sivarasa later, Ismail Sabri argued that he was merely stating his “opinion” and proposed the follow-up action against Nurul Izzah.
However, he admitted that he never sought clarification on the matter from Nurul Izzah.
Ismail Sabri made the contentious statement three days after Nurul Izzah uploaded a statement on her Facebook page to clear the air on Nov 19, 2015. He said, however, that he never read the statement because he is not her Facebook friend.
If Nurul Izzah was honest enough, he added, then she should have called for a press conference and apologised, instead of taking to social media.
Judicial commissioner Faizah Jamaludin set Nov 16 for case management.
When met outside court, Nurul said that no one should make mala fide accusations against any lawmaker, particularly proposing government action under Pota, without first checking the facts.
She also called for fair coverage of the opposition to counter accusations by the mainstream media.
19 October 2017
Nurul Izzah’s meeting with Jacel Kiram treason as latter is ‘nation’s enemy’
FORMER inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar told the Kuala Lumpur High Court today that PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar’s meeting with Jacel Kiram, the daughter of Jamalul Kiram III, was tantamount to treason because Jacel Kiram was regarded as the nation’s enemy.
He said treason was a serious offence and could be investigated under the Penal Code.
“I deem the plaintiff’s action (Nurul Izzah meeting Jacel Kiram) as treason because Jacel Kiram is regarded as an enemy of the nation after the intrusion of Sulu militants in Sabah in 2013.”
Replying to a question from senior federal counsel Normastura Ayub, Khalid said Jacel Kiram could be deemed an enemy of the country because she was the propagandist for Sulu Sultanate terrorists and the Royal Sulu Force.
He said Jacel Kiram was active and aggressive in issuing statements on Philippine social media, which, among others, denigrated Malaysia over the arrest of Sulu Sultanate terrorists who had intruded into Lahad Datu, Sabah, and condemned Malaysia and its security forces, in relation to the sultanate’s claim over Sabah.
He said Jamalul Kiram III, who claimed to be the Sulu sultan, had masterminded the Lahad Datu intrusion with his younger brother, Datu Agbimuddin Kiram.
“As the then IGP, I had the responsibility of clarifying that the plaintiff’s meeting with Jacel Kiram is tantamount to treason, which is within the jurisdiction of police to investigate.”
He said an investigation was initiated against Nurul Izzah in connection with the case under Section 124L of the Penal Code, which refers to an attempt to commit sabotage.
During cross-examination by counsel R. Sivarasa, representing Nurul Izzah, Khalid said based on the picture of the meeting, it was clear that it had been planned and that the presence of the two together was not a coincidence.
He said he came to know about the meeting after the picture was uploaded by Jacel Kiram on Facebook, as well as from his officers’ reports.
The hearing before judicial commissioner Faizah Jamaludin continues on Monday.
11 August 2017
Court allows Anwar to testify, despite objection from gov’t
Jailed PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim has been allowed to appear as a witness in a defamation suit filed by his daughter, Nurul Izzah, despite objection from the government.
High Court judge Faizah Jamaluddin made the ruling today after hearing submissions from Nurul’s lead counsel Sivarasa Rasiah and senior federal counsel Nor Mastura Ayob when the hearing resumed at 3pm.
“Having heard submissions from both counsel, I have decided that the evidence he (Anwar) will be submitting is relevant and so the hearing can proceed (to call Anwar as a witness),” the judge said.
Justice Faizah earlier asked Sivarasa to establish how Anwar could assist the court in determining the state of mind of the first defendant – inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar – when he had made allegedly defamatory remarks against Nurul Izzah (photo) as the plaintiff.
Responding to the judge, the lawyer said Anwar would not be able to assist in establishing Khalid’s state of mind but he would be presenting evidence that could then be used to question the top cop.
Counsel for Khalid and minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob, the second defendant, had argued that Anwar’s statement was irrelevant as it does not directly involve defendants named in the current suit.
Anwar, in his testimony, submitted as evidence a settlement reached in his defamation suit against Malay-daily Utusan Malaysia over an article that linked him to the 2013 incursion in Lahad Datu, Sabah.
He said Utusan had, in the October 2016 settlement, also expressed regret after the article was found to be baseless.
“This case (as reported by Utusan) is related to the Lahad Datu incursion (and) the same slander is (now) being made against my daughter,” said Anwar when asked to highlight parts of the settlement which are relevant to the case being heard today.
Anwar further argued that Umno’s control over the mainstream media – as proven by Utusan‘s financial records which were also submitted as evidence – is a factor which had contributed to the reported accusations against him and his daughter as senior PKR leaders.
Tian Chua says unaware of Sulu Princess’ identity at Manila dinner
PKR vice-president Tian Chua today told the court he only learnt of Sulu princess Jacel Kiram’s links with the man said to be behind the Sabah intrusion of 2013, after he had left the dinner they had both attended in Manila.
“I met her (at the dinner) but I didn’t know her identity,” said Chua to questions from senior federal counsel Zureen Elina Mohd Dom.
This was in reference to an individual seen in several photographs taken during the dinner hosted by the Council of Philippines Affairs on Nov 9, 2015.
Pressed on whether he knew the individual’s name, Tian Chua insisted he was briefly introduced to all of the guests at the event – numbering between 15 and 20 – and as such her identity did not “register” in his mind.
The Batu MP earlier testified he left the function after about 30 minutes, as he had to attend another meeting with a member of the Philippine cabinet.
“At no point did I realise that Jacel Kiram was at the dinner event,” said Chua, who is the second witness in a defamation suit filed by PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar in November 2015 against minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob and inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar.
Nurul Izzah in her own testimony yesterday said she was initially introduced to Kiram as one of 12 candidates for the Philippine senate elections, and it took a while before she realised her link to the Lahad Datu incident.
Nurul Izzah is suing Ismail and Khalid for accusing her of being a “traitor” and committing “treason” after she was spotted in a photograph with Jacel, daughter of Jamalulail Kiram who is said to have led the Lahad Datu intrusion in 2013.
Chua told the Kuala Lumpur High Court today he was not aware that Nurul Izzah had a photograph taken with Jacel until their return to Kuala Lumpur the next day.
To further questions from senior federal counsel Normastura Ayob, Chua said he was not informed by the organiser as to who the other guests would be.
10 August 2017
Photo with Sulu princess close up from group shot, Nurul Izzah tells court
PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar said she was in a group photo with self-styled Sulu princess Jacel Kiram when someone from the latter’s entourage had taken a close-up shot of them together, the Kuala Lumpur High Court heard today.
“This photo (should) actually show the whole group but Jacel Kiram’s escort had taken a close-up.
“There are other people to our right and left,” said Nurul Izzah as the first witness in her defamation suit against Minister of Rural and Regional Ismail Sabri and inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar.
Ismail and Khalid had allegedly accused her of being a “traitor” and committing “treason” after she was photographed with Jacel – daughter of Jamalulail Kiram – who is said to have led the intrusion in Lahad Datu, Sabah, in 2013.
Nurul Izzah further explained that the original group photo was taken after a dinner function hosted by the Council on Philippine Affairs & the Asian Institute for Democracy; the office of the city mayor of Manila and the office of the Philippine vice-president on Nov 9, 2015.
Responding to questions from senior federal counsel Normastura Ayob, Nurul Izzah said she was first introduced to Jacel at the dinner as one of 12 candidates running for the ongoing senate elections.
“In the beginning, I did not realise that the Jacel Kiram mentioned had any links to the (Lahad Datu) incident,” Nurul Izzah said, adding that the topic of Lahad Datu was never discussed even after she found out Jacel’s link to the incursion.
Pressed on whether she considered Jacel to be an enemy of the state after knowing her identity, Nurul Izzah said she would only agree to link her to the act of intrusion.
Nurul Izzah also disagreed with Normastura’s suggestions that the negative impression against her, as alleged by the defendants, was primarily due to the photograph that was taken.
The defendants, she said, had also contributed to blowing up the issue through their statements carried by various mainstream media.
During cross-examination, senior federal counsel Zureen Elina Mohd Dom eventually requested the plaintiff to present the photo of the entire group who was also with her and Jacel at the time their photo was taken.
Nurul Izzah’s lead counsel Sivarasa Rasiah later said they would try to obtain a copy from the event organiser in Manila, Philippines.
10 May 2017
Nurul Izzah suit against top cop and minister to proceed
KUALA LUMPUR: PKR MP Nurul Izzah Anwar has failed to reach a settlement in her defamation suit against a Cabinet minister and the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
Her counsel Shahid Adli Kamarudin said their terms for settling the suit was not acceptable to the Attorney-General’s Chambers.
“The suit will proceed to trial for three days from Aug 9,” he told reporters after the proceedings in chambers yesterday.
Senior counsel Normastura Ayub confirmed the details.
Nurul Izzah is suing Khalid and Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob for allegedly implying that she committed treason.
High Court Judicial Commissioner Faizah Jamaludin allowed Nurul Izzah’s application to have her father and de-facto PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim testify.
May 31 was set for case management.
24 Nov 2016
#AWANInews Appeals court dismisses IGP, Ismail Sabri’s appeal to strike out Nurul Izzah’s defamation suit
PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal today dismissed an appeal by Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob to strike out a defamation lawsuit brought against them by PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar.
A three-man panel chaired by Justice Datuk Mohd Zawawi Salleh ruled that the case should proceed for a full trial at the High Court.
He said High Court judge Datuk John Louis O’Hara was right in exercising his discretion to disallow the lawsuit to be struck out.
Presiding on the panel with Mohd Zawawi were Justices Datuk Abdul Rahman Sebli and Datuk Dr Prasad Sandosham Abraham.
The Straits Times
Malaysian opposition MP Nurul Izzah sues police chief, minister for defamation
Nov 26, 2015
KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Malaysia’s opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) MP Nurul Izzah Anwar is suing the Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar and Cabinet minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob for allegedly implying that she had committed treason.
Nurul Izzah alleged that Tan Sri Khalid had on Sunday (Nov 22) falsely uttered slanderous words against her during a press conference at the Bukit Aman police headquarters.
The PKR vice-president said Datuk Seri Ismail, who is also Rural and Regional Development Minister, had issued a libellous media statement against her on the same day during an event in Bera, Pahang.
She said the statements were issued after her photograph with self-styled Sulu princess Jacel Kiram had been earlier published by the media.
Nurul Izzah said both statements were published by the media where it had allegedly portrayed her as a traitor to the country and that she had committed a serious crime.
Jacel is the daughter of the late self-styled Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III who ordered 200 members of his “Royal Sulu Army” to invade the Sabah town of Lahad Datu in Feb 2013 to stake his claim over the state.
The politician filed the suit at the High Court civil registry in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday (Nov 26) through her lawyers N. Surendran and Latheefa Koya.
In the statement of claim, Nurul Izzah said Khalid’s words meant that she was the mastermind behind the Sulu intrusion in Sabah in 2013.
Besides that, she said Ismail’s statement had implied that she was involved in terrorism.
She said it had affected her character and reputation causing her to be depressed.
Nurul Izzah is seeking aggravated damages, saying that her reputation as a parliamentarian and well-known politician, had been tarnished.
Apart from that, she is asking for general damages and an injunction to restrain the defendants from publishing any defamatory words against her.
Speaking to reporters here, Surendran said his client filed the libel suit without issuing a letter of demand for both due to the serious accusations made against an MP for treason.
When asked by the media, Nurul Izzah said she filed the claim to defend her good name, saying that “I do not like to be referred to as a traitor”.
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