Friday, 22 March 2013

TO STOP 'VIRAL' SLANDER AHEAD OF GE13: Anwar to sue until "bankrupt" Papa Gomo, Umno bloggers

TO STOP 'VIRAL' SLANDER AHEAD OF GE13: Anwar to sue until "bankrupt" Papa Gomo, Umno bloggers
KUALA LUMPUR - Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s lawyers today declared that their client will sue those who spread malicious lies about him until they are bankrupt, after filing a defamation suit against pro-Umno blogger “Papa Gomo” for allegedly attempting to link Anwar to a sex video.
“We’re going to take civil action. We will bankrupt those who continue doing this, this kind of filthy lies,” Anwar’s (picture) lawyer N. Surendran told reporters at the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex today.
Earlier, he said that there would be more defamation suits against “Papa Gomo” or Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris if he continues posting allegedly defamatory material on his blog
“Everytime Papa Gomo issues defamatory accusations, obscene photographs, defamatory videos, we will keep suing him until this man is bankrupted,” the PKR vice-president said.
Surendran also said that Anwar will not be lodging a police report or filing a complaint to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) on this matter, saying that they are opting for court action instead.
Latheefa Koya, another lawyer representing Anwar, similarly told reporters that there was no need to file a complaint with MCMC, saying the regulatory body has powers to act even without a complaint.
In the suit filed against Papa Gomo, Anwar is seeking damages and an injunction to stop the blogger from republishing the alleged defamatory accusations.
Surendran said they will ask for RM100 million in damages, saying that the suit was filed after Wan Muhammad had failed to retract his blog postings and apologise to Anwar within a two-day deadline from this Tuesday.
In the statement of claim filed today, references were made to three blog postings by Papa Gomo that contained allegedly defamatory words and photographs.
In the first posting last Saturday, the blogger had posted a single photograph showing the naked back of a man in a room.
The page also provided a link to another blog page called “Aksi si Raja Goyang”, which published 13 photographs showing two men embracing and kissing, believed to be from the same video.
Last Saturday, Anwar had denied being involved in the photographs, saying: “It is a disgusting political gimmick by Umno.”
On Tuesday, Surendran had said the photographs were fake and were merely a bid by Anwar’s political enemies to tarnish the opposition leader’s image ahead of Election 2013, which must be called by April 28 and held by late June.
“The faking and distribution of photos and false allegations of a sexual nature against Anwar has become a trademark of the gutter politics practised by Umno and its bloggers,” he had said.
Surendran had then claimed that Papa Gomo has “close and confidential ties with the Umno leadership”.
Last year, there was an attempt to link Anwar to a sex scandal after the release of a video by the “Datuk T trio”, namely former Malacca Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik, businessman Datuk Shazryl Eskay Abdullah and former Perkasa treasurer-general Datuk Shuib Lazim.
Anwar denied being the man in the sex video and lodged a police report against the trio a day after they screened the video to the media.
On June 24 last year, the “Datuk T” trio admitted to screening the sex video and were fined a total of RM5,500 by magistrate Aizatul Akmal Maharani.
Shazryl Eskay and Shuib had been jointly charged with openly screening pornographic material while Rahim was charged with abetting them.
During their defence, the court heard that an American expert had determined that the man in the video was Anwar


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