Najib to go ahead with suit against Thomas, publisher
Bernama -February 6, 2021 2:59 PM
KUALA LUMPUR: Najib Razak’s lawyer has confirmed that he will file legal action against former attorney-general Tommy Thomas over an allegedly defamatory statement in his recently-published book, ‘My Story: Justice in the Wilderness’, which implicates him in the murder of Mongolian woman Altantuya Shaariibuu.
The former prime minister’s counsel, Muhammad Shafee Abdullah said Thomas had replied to their letter of demand (LOD) yesterday and said he did not defame Najib.
“The publisher, namely GB Gerakbudaya Enterprise Sdn Bhd, has not replied to our LOD. We are going to file a defamation suit against both Thomas and the publisher as soon as possible,” said Shafee.
On Feb 2, Najib, in the LOD sent through his solicitor, Messrs Shafee & Co, demanded an apology and RM10 million in damages from Thomas over allegations against him in the book.
In the letter, Najib also gave Thomas until noon yesterday to provide a satisfactory reply, failing which legal proceedings would be taken against him.
He also demanded an apology and an unequivocal public retraction of the alleged defamatory statement in Chapter 42 under the title “Altantuya” in the book.
He said that by clear inference and innuendo, Thomas had conveyed the message that he, as the then attorney-general and public prosecutor, was satisfied with the truthfulness of the allegations by two convicted persons that Najib was involved in directing them to murder Altantuya.
The statement was clearly motivated by mala fide and principally done in Thomas’ selfish pursuit of seeking cheap publicity, fuelled by his ego, sensationalism and profiteering, he said.
Najib tells Thomas to retract memoir, seeks RM10m in damages
Published 2 Feb 2021, 7:30 pm
Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak has demanded that Tommy Thomas retract his memoir in which he alleged that the former played a role in the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu.
In a legal notice issued to the former attorney-general, Najib’s lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah said his client also wanted RM10 million in damages and an “unqualified apology in terms to be approved by the solicitors”.
Thomas is given until noon Friday to do so. Failing which Shafee said he would file a defamation suit against Thomas early next week.
Shafee said Thomas’ statements in his just-released memoir entitled My story: Justice in the wilderness were “grossly negligent, reckless, irresponsible, deliberate, malicious and aimed to lower Najib’s esteem and good reputation in the eyes of the public and further expose our client to public hatred, scorn, odium, contempt and ridicule”.
“You portrayed him as a murderer by direct inference and innuendo are wholly untrue, false, frivolous, vexatious and devoid of substance nor evidence,” he said.
“Your impugned statements are clearly motivated by mala fide and are principally done in your selfish pursuit of seeking cheap publicity, sensationalism and profiteering,” claimed Shafee.
He said the statements have caused considerable distress and embarrassment to Najib especially in light of the fact they were made by a former attorney-general of Malaysia.
“Further, you had deliberately made this statement in spite of knowing that the Federal Court had recently rejected the attempt to review their own decision in relation to the convictions of Inspector Azilah Hadri and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar,” he said.
In his memoir, Thomas said Sirul had provided evidence which corroborated the claims of his co-accused Azilah who implicated Najib in the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu.
Thomas said he was told that Sirul had previously informed the Australian authorities that he was ordered to kill a foreign spy, which is similar to what Azilah claimed.
This was based on an interview conducted by a senior deputy public prosecutor whom Thomas had instructed to meet with Sirul at the Villawood immigration detention centre in Australia.