Feb 22, 2007

Blogger RockyBru has Not Decided To Withdraw Application

With the recent bombardment of TV advertisements from NSTP, sometimes I do wonder whether it's because of this defamation suit that NSTP is worried of their current image.

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 22 (Bernama) -- Blogger Ahirudin Attan has not decided whether to continue or withdraw his application to strike out the defamation suit brought by the New Straits Times Press (M) Berhad (NSTP) and four others against him.

Ahirudin's counsel Edmund Bon said he needed time to discuss with his client.

Bon said he received one volume of affidavit-in-reply to strike out the application today and three volumes of amended statements of claim by NSTP and the four on Friday.

"We have to study the amended statements of claim and we need time to look into it whether to continue with the striking out of the application or to withdraw it," he said.

Bon said High Court judge Datuk Mohd Hishamuddin Mohd Yunus fixed April 2 to hear the striking out application and if Ahirudin, better known as Rocky, wanted to withdraw the striking out application, he should inform the court before April 2.

The court had fixed Thursday to hear Ahirudin's application to strike out the defamation suit by NSTP and the four.

On Jan 4, NSTP, its deputy chairman Datuk Kalimullah Hassan, chief executive officer Datuk Syed Faisal Albar, group editor-in-chief Datuk Hishamuddin Aun and former group editor Brendan Pereira filed a suit against Ahirudin for defamation and malicious falsehood.

The suit pertains to certain articles and postings that had been published or permitted to be published by Ahirudin on his weblog.

They claim that the articles referred to them and were defamatory.

The plaintiffs also applied for an inter-parte injunction to require Ahirudin, a former editor of the Malay Mail, to remove certain articles from his weblog and restrain him from further publishing articles defamatory to them.

However, on Jan 25, Ahirudin filed an application to strike out the defamation suit brought by the NSTP and the four others on the grounds that the suit was fatally deficient because it did not state the exact words in the publications.


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