(TheStar) KUALA LUMPUR: Blogger Ahiruddin Atan has agreed to immediately remove 48 articles cited in the New Straits Times libel suit against him to avoid prejudicing the trial.
Lawyers for Ahirudin Attan and the plaintiff, the New Straits Times newspaper, issued a joint statement before High Court Judge Mohamad Hishamuddin Yunus during a brief hearing in his chambers.
The joint statement by Ahirudin and the Times said both parties agreed to "henceforth not publish any articles, comments or posts regarding the dispute presently before the High Court'' that may prejudice a fair trial.
Ahirudin's counsel Edmund Bon said his client voluntarily removed about 400 comments received from readers because some may be construed as "borderline subjudice.''
The comments were in response to four entries posted after the lawsuit announcement.
"It is in no way an admission that any of the content was subjudice,'' Bon told The Associated Press.
"There was no way to remove only selected comments, so we had no alternative but to put it all off-line ... We do this to err on the side of caution, to let the judicial process take its due course.''
The lawsuits by the English-language newspaper were the first against Malaysian bloggers for publishing comments on the Internet.
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