KUALA LUMPUR – Canadian Muslim preacher Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips has paid RM30,000 to the High Court as security cost in a suit filed by him against independent preacher Zamihan Mat Zin for allegedly uploading a defamatory image of him on Facebook in November 2017.
Abu Ameenah, also known as Bilal Philips, made the payment last Jan 29, said lawyer Meor Amir Meor Omar Baki. who represented the Canadian, when met by reporters after case management of the suit, which was held in chambers before judge Datuk Ahmad Zaidi Ibrahim hari ini.
According to Meor Amir, security cost could be imposed if the plaintiff in a suit is a non-citizen and for fear that he could not afford to pay cost, if the court ruled against him.
Meor Amir said the court also fixed three days – July 31, Aug 1 and 2 – to hear the suit.
Bilal Philips filed the suit on Sept 29 last year after Zamihan allegedly uploaded an image of him with a caption that he was “International Terrorism Supporter”.
The image an caption was uploaded on a Facebook account of Ustaz Zamihan Al-Ghari on Nov 26, 2016.
Bilal Philips also claimed that the Facebook posting also contained a poster on a Special Maghrib Lecture by him at the Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail Mosque in Kangar, Perlis, on Dec 1, 2016.
He is seeking a court order for Zamihan to make a public apology through newspapers of his choice and also through the Facebook of Ustaz Zamihan Al-Ghari and to retract the defamatory posting.
He is also seeking more than RM1 million in general damages, exemplary and aggravated damages, as well as cost and othee relief deemed fit by the court.
Meanwhile, Zamihan, is his defence filed on Oct 19 last year, said he had no knowledge on the posting of the alleged Bilal Philips’ image on the Internet and that his statement on Billal Philips’ involvement in terrorist-linked activities was sourced from news reports that appeared in the National Post and The Guardian, as well as from the police. – BERNAMA