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Ummi Hafilda's lawyer ordered to be in court

KUALA LUMPUR, May 23 (Bernama) -- The High Court here today ordered a lawyer who represented businesswoman Ummi Hafilda Ali in the RM100 million defamation suit which she filed against a former business partner and the administrator of the Malaysiakini website to be at the court on June 13 for case management.

In making the order, judge Datuk V.T.Singham said the court would make further order on the case on that day.

He also reminded other lawyers handling civil cases to be at the court for case management of their respective cases and not to send other lawyers on their behalf.

Singham said this after lawyer Hajjaral Aswani Ibrahim said she was in court on behalf of lawyer Sahrihan Jani, who is representing Ummi Hafilda in the defamation suit.

Questioned by Singham, Hajjaral Aswani said Sahrihan could not be in court today as he had to attend to other cases at the Muar High Court.

In such a case, Singham said Sahrihan should have sent a letter to the court to request for the case to be postponed.

Earlier, Hajjaral Aswani requested for new date for case management of the suit because they had yet to receive the writ of summons endorsed by the court.

Last April 13, High Court judge Datin Zabariah Mohd Yusof had struck out the suit filed by Ummi Hafilda, 43, after the counsel for both parties failed to appear when the case came up for mention before her.

However, on April 25, Ummi Hafilda filed the suit again.

The suit named Nor Azman Abdullah @ Baginda Minda as the first defendant and Mkini Dotcom Sdn Bhd, the administrator of the Malaysiakini website, as the second defendant.

In her statement of claim, Ummi Hafilda claimed that Nor Azman, during an interview at the Parliament lobby, had uttered slanderous statements against her, among others that she was a woman of loose morals and not an honest person.

She said the words used by Nor Azman were intended to embarrass her and with malice and that the second defendant had negligently published an article on the defamatory words on the www.malaysiakini.com portal on March 15.

Besides the RM100 million in damages and other relief deemed fit by the court, she had also sought an injunction to prevent the two defendants from continuing to defame her.

MySinchew 2011.05.23



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