KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here has set June 26 forÂ case management of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s 1MDB defamationÂ suit against Harakah and Harakahdaily.
Justice Datuk Hue Siew Kheng set the date in chambers today, during whichÂ Najib’s counsel Datuk Abu Bakar As-Sidek Mohd Sidek and that from theÂ defendants’ side were present.
On March 20, Najib sued Harakah managing director Dr Rosli Yaakob and Â Harakahdaily portal chief editor Taufek Yahya relating to the article written byÂ Rosli on Feb 19 with the heading ‘Dana 1MDB biayai syarikat filem Riza Aziz?(BhgÂ 2)’.
In his statement of claim, Najib alleged that the publication of the articleÂ had damaged his reputation and caused him to be condemned by the social mediaÂ and the mass media.
The prime minister alleged that the defendants had intentionally publishedÂ the article for their own agenda, to destroy the people’s confidence and trustÂ in him.
Najib also alleged that Taufek had failed to practise responsible journalismÂ by not verifying the authenticity of the article before publishing it.
In this suit, Najib is seeking general damages, aggravated damages,Â exemplary damages, benefits as well as an injunction to restrain the defendantsÂ or their assistants from publishing the article.–BERNAMA