31 July 2018
Zamihan to apologise to Canadian preacher over terrorism claim
KUALA LUMPUR: Controversial preacher Zamihan Mat Zin today agreed to apologise to popular Canadian preacher Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips whom he had labelled as “a supporter of international terrorism” after Philips filed a RM1 million suit against him for slander.
Zamihan, an officer with the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim), will issue his apology on Facebook.
Philips’ lawyer Meor Amir Meor Omar Baki said his client agreed to withdraw the lawsuit if Zamihan issued an unreserved written apology within the next two days.
“He has to delete his post. He has also agreed to pay an undisclosed sum in damages,” he told reporters when met outside the High Court here.
19 January 2018
Canadian preacher, Zamihan agree on RM30k security for costs
Canadian Muslim preacher Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips and Home Ministry official Zamihan Mat Zin have agreed on RM30,000 security for costs which the former would deposit for in his RM1 million defamation suit.
This was disclosed by Bilal Philips’ lawyer Meor Amir Meor Omar Baki when the case came up before Kuala Lumpur High Court judge Ahmad Zaidi Ibrahim.
“Both parties have agreed to the amount and it would be deposited. The court has also fixed July 31 to Aug 3 as hearing dates for the suit,” he said.
Security for costs can be imposed if the plaintiff who filed the suit is a foreigner for fear of not being able to pay costs should the plaintiff lose the case.
Bilal Philips, in his statement of claim, alleged that Zamihan’s Facebook post from November last year displayed a picture of him, accompanied by a description calling him a supporter of international terrorism.
The posting was made ahead of a religious event held in Perlis, at which the Canadian preacher was a speaker.
The Jamaican-born preacher complained that the words describing him as a supporter of terrorism are false, defamatory and made without basis, given that he strives to promote peace and understanding of Islam, and rejects terrorism carried out in the name of religion.
Bilal Philips who converted to Islam in the 1970s argued that Zamihan’s allegation means that he is actively engaged in terrorism and violence, and that his lecturers are geared towards those ends, where else he had written over 50 books on Islam and has been involved in various Islamic TV programmes such as “Peace TV”, “Huda TV”, and “The Deen Show, Chicago”.
Read more at https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/403883#Sxm5j4AOv6jC2IBU.99
30 November 2017
Security for costs hearing in Bilal Philips v Zamihan suit on Jan 19
The hearing on security for costs in the RM1 million suit filed by Canadian Muslim preacher Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips against Home Ministry official Zamihan Mat Zin has been fixed on Jan 19.
Bilal Philip’s lawyer Meor Amir Meor Omar Baki disclosed this after the case management at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur today.
The lawyer told reporters that his client had proposed an offer on security for costs but Zamihan has yet to agree.
“Following that, Justice Ahmad Zaidee Ibrahim fixed Jan 19 for hearing. If parties have agreed on the security for costs offered, there is no need for a hearing for this purpose,” Meor Amir said.
Security for costs can be imposed if the plaintiff who filed the suit is a foreigner for the fear of not being able to pay costs should the plaintiff lose the case.
15 November 2017
Canadian preacher sues Zamihan over terror support claim
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 15 — A Canadian scholar has filed a defamation lawsuit here against local preacher Zamihan Mat Zin over a Facebook post branding the former as a terrorism supporter.
According to lawyer Meor Amir, his client Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips filed the lawsuit on September 29 over Zamihan’s Facebook post from 2016.
In the pictorial post, Abu Ameenah’s likeness is shown along with the caption: “AWAS!!! Say No to Wahhabi! International Terrorism Supporter dibenarkan berceramah di Perlis… Ahli akademik dan pakar undang-undang yang bukan Wahhabi disekat? Keterbukaan atau Kebutaan???” (Beware!!! Say no to Wahhabism! International Terrorism Supporter is allowed to speak in Perlis… (but) academics and legal experts who are not Wahhabis are blocked? Openness or blindness?)
“Today was the second case management and the KL High Court has set November 30 to hear the defendant’s side on the security for cost,” Meor told Malay Mail Online when contacted.
In the statement of claim made available to Malay Mail Online, the Canadian stressed that he has never been involved with any form of terrorism-related activities.
In Zamihan’s statement of defence, he said he based his remarks on Abu Ameenah’s previous bans from entering the UK, Australia, Denmark and Kenya.
He also claimed that the Canadian preacher, who converted to Islam in the 1970s, had been detained in the Philippines for allegedly instigating and recruiting members to join radical activities.
News of the lawsuit comes after the Court of Appeal yesterday ordered Zamihan to pay RM10,000 to Syria Care for accusing the non-governmental organisation of harbouring Shiah groups in the country.
When announcing its court victory, the group said the appellate court also issued a restraining order preventing Zamihan from repeating the allegations elsewhere.
Zamihan perlu bayar RM50,000 kerana fitnah Syria Care
MAHKAMAH Rayuan di Putrajaya semalam menolak rayuan Zamihan Mat Zin terhadap keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi Shah Alam, April lalu yang memutuskan beliau membuat kenyataan fitnah terhadap Syria Care, tiga tahun lepas.
Sehubungan itu, pendakwah kontroversi berkenaan dikehendaki membayar ganti rugi sebanyak RM50,000 kepada Syria Care kerana mengaitkannya dengan fahaman syiah, kata peguam Meor Amir Meor Baki, yang mewakili pertubuhan kemanusiaan itu.
Dia juga diperintahkan untuk membayar kos guaman sebanyak RM30,000 yang diperintahkan oleh Mahkamah Tinggi Shah Alam dan RM10,000 oleh Mahkamah Rayuan, tambah peguam itu.
“Zamihan perlu melaksanakan apa yang diperintahkan oleh mahkamah dalam tempoh tujuh hari daripada perintah tersebut.
“Cuma sekarang kita masih belum berhubung dengan peguam Zamihan atau Zamihan sendiri sebab kita sedang menyediakan draf perintah tersebut,” kata Meor Amir kepada The Malaysian Insight.
Rayuan itu didengar oleh panel hakim diketuai Hakim Mahkamah Rayuan, Rohana Yusuf, tanpa kehadiran Syria Care dan Zamihan. Syria Care diwakili oleh Tetuan Shukor & Associates.
Mahkamah Tinggi Shah Alam pada 21 April lalu memutuskan Zamihan telah mengucapkan perkataan fitnah yang mengaitkan Syria Care secara langsung sebagai kumpulan kumpulan Syiah yang perlu dipantau oleh kerajaan.
Hakim Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh dalam penghakimannya antara lain menyatakan Zamihan seorang saksi yang tidak boleh dipercayai kerana kenyataannya semasa memberi keterangan di mahkamah bercanggah dengan pliding yang difailkan.