KUALA LUMPUR – Inspector- General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob have filed an application to strike out a suit by PKR vice president Nurul Izzah Anwar relating to allegations that she is a traitor to the country.
The matter was disclosed by counsel N. Surendran and Latheefa Koya who represented Izzah when met by reporters after the case management before High Court Judge Datuk Nor Bee Ariffin Thursday.
The proceeding in chambers was also attended by Federal Counsel Shaiful Nizam Shahrin representing Khalid and Ismail Sabri who were named as defendants in the suit.
Surendran said both defendants filed their application to strike off the suit yesterday.
Meanwhile Latheefa said her client would submit an objection against the Attorney-General Chambers which represented the two defendants in the suit.
“In this case, both defendants are being sued in their personal capacity and should not be represented by the Attorney-General as our client did not name the government of Malaysia in her suit,” she said.
Nurul Izzah, who is also Lembah Pantai Member of Parliament filed the suit on Nov 26, 2015 by alleging that Khalid had uttered slanderous words against her during a media conference at the Bukit Aman police headquarters on Nov 22, 2015.
In her suit, Nurul Izzah said the libelous statements were issued several days after her photograph with Jacel Kiram, the daughter of Jamalulail Kiram, who was said to have ordered and led the intrusion in Sabah in 2013, was published.
Nurul Izzah alleged it had portrayed her as a traitor to the country and the mastermind behind the Sulu intrusion in Sabah.
She also alleged that on the same day (Nov 22, 2015), Ismail Sabri also issued slanderous words in a media conference at an event in Bera, Pahang that implied she was a traitor to the country and had declared war against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
She said the statements by the two defendants were published and broadcast in the print and electronic media and claimed that due to the libelous statements, she suffered serious damage to her reputation as a Parliamentarian and politician.
Hence she is seeking general damages, aggravated damages, benefits, costs and other relief deemed appropriate by the court. – BERNAMA