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Court dismisses defamation suit against news agencies

KUALA LUMPUR - The High Court, had on Friday, dismissed a defamation suit filed by former Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP) examination director Khalid Yusoff against the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) and two others.

High Court Judge Datuk Yeoh Wee Siam made the decision in chambers in the presence of all the parties and ordered Khalid to pay RM12,000 in costs each to Bernama and the other two defendants, New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd (NSTP) and online news portal Insight News Sdn Bhd.
 
Khalid was represented by lawyer Afiq Mohd Noor, while counsel Bhag Singh and Rueben Mathiavaranam appeared for Bernama and NSTP, respectively.

Afiq told Bernama that his client had instructed him to file an appeal over today's outcome.

Khalid filed the suit on July 5 last year, claiming that Bernama had defamed him through an article titled "Court upholds jail term on former CLP director", published on April 20, 2009.

He said the article was republished by NSTP in its newspaper, New Straits Times, on April 21, 2009, while Insight News carried the article on its online news portal on April 20 of that year.

In his statement of claim, Khalid had stated that the libellous words were false, unfounded and published with malice and the publication injured his character, honour and personal reputation as an academician and a lawyer.

On May 27, 2010, Khalid was freed by the Court of Appeal on two counts of cheating and falsifying the results of the CLP examination after the court allowed his appeal on the conviction and sentence imposed by the Sessions Court. – Bernama

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