Jan 31, 2007

Now it's Jeff Ooi's turn to strike out suit by NSTP and others

Check out "walk with us" from the mouth of the bloggers

(The Sun) KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 30, 2007): Blogger Ooi Chuan Aun aka Jeff Ooi today applied to strike out the defamation suit filed against him by New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Bhd (NSTP) and three individuals.

Justice Datuk Abdul Malik Ishak fixed March 6 to hear Ooi's application and adjourned the inter-parte injunction application by NSTP and the three individuals to the same date.

NSTP's counsel Datuk Cecil Abraham told reporters this after the hearing in chambers.

Ooi and the plaintiffs had also agreed not to publish any comment that might be sub judice to the case.

"By agreement, all parties henceforth agree not to publish any article, comment or post regards the dispute presently before the High Court in this action that may be regarded as sub judice or that may prejudice the fair trial of the case," said a statement recorded before Abdul Malik.

Ooi is being sued by NSTP, its deputy chairman and editorial adviser Datuk Kalimullah Masheerul Hassan, group editor-in-chief Datuk Hishamuddin Aun and former group editor Brenden John Pereira.

Ooi had been served an interim ex-parte injunction to refrain from further posting defamatory articles against the plaintiffs.

He was also ordered to remove 13 allegedly defamatory articles from his blog, Screenshots.

"If the striking out application is successful, the defamation suit against Ooi will be dropped and there will be no injunction left to contest,"said Ooi's counsel Haris Ibrahim.

Some 20 bloggers, including Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir, were present outside the court to lend support to Ooi.

Another blogger Ahirudin Attan (aka Rocky) is also being sued for defamation by the same four plaintiffs, as well as NSTP chief executive officer Datuk Syed Faisal Albar Syed A.R.Albar.

He, however, had not been served a similar injunction as Ooi.

Last Thursday (Jan 25), Rocky had also applied to strike out the suit.

Following his application, an injunction application against him was adjourned, pending the hearing of the application to strike out the case which has been fixed for Feb 22.

Yesterday, Rocky and the plaintiffs had also agreed not to publish any comment that might be sub judice to the case

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