KUALA LUMPUR – The defamation suit filed by National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFCorp) executive chairman Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail against the company’s former consultant, Shamsubahrin Ismail, was resolved after the latter made a public apology in the High Court here today.
Judicial Commissioner Datuk Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab recorded the settlement and dismissed the summon writ and statement of claims filed by Mohamad Salleh on July 3 this year with no order to cost.
Shamsubahrin, when reading a prepared statement of apology, said:-
“As a sign of goodwill and to set aside the differences we once had, I, Shamsubahrin Ismail apologies and regret any imputations upon character and reputation of Mohamad Salleh for any embarrassment, distress and inconvenience that may have been caused to him as a result of the posting in my Facebook page as referred to in the statement of claim.
“I undertake not to repeat the statements or similar statements concerning Mohamad Salleh, his wife, his three children and NFCorp, National Meat and Livestock Sdn Bhd and Real Food Company Sdn Bhd”.
After that, Mohamad Salleh said he forgave Shamsubahrin, and also apologised to Shamsubahrin and told him that he had never lodged a police report accusing Shamsubahrin of cheating him.
Therefore, this matter is now solved and over, he added.
Mohd Zaki said he was happy that the case was solved amicably by both parties and then asked whether Shamsubahrin and Mohamad Salleh would like to shake hands.
Shamsubahrin and Mohamad Salleh then shook hands and hugged.
Meanwhile, when proceeding of the case began today, lawyer Al Firdaus Shahrul Naing, representing Mohamad Salleh, told the court that the two parties had agreed to settle the case and that his client was withdrawing the suit.
He said both parties were also not asking for any order to cost.
This was confirmed by Shamsubahrin’s lawyer, J. Leela.
On July 3, Mohamad Salleh filed a defamation suit against Shamsubahrin for uploading defamatory statements onto his Facebook page on Mohamad Salleh.
In his statement of claim, Mohamad Salleh accused Shamsubahrin of uploading six defamatory statements on him onto his Facebook page using the name Shamsubahrin Ismail Tom, between May 19 and June 23, which were accessible to the public.
He said the defamatory statements were made after Sessions Court judge Rozilah Salleh sentenced Shamsubahrin to eight years’ jail and four strokes of the cane on May 18 on charges of deceiving Mohamad Salleh of RM1.75 million and on 17 money laundering charges.
Mohamad Salleh claimed the defamatory words brought the meaning that he abetted with his wife Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil to influence judge Rozilah in finding Shamsubahrin guilty.
He had claimed for damages, aggravated damages, costs and other orders deemed fit by the court.
Yesterday, the Sessions Court acquitted and discharged Mohamad Salleh of two counts of criminal breach of trust, involving RM49.7 million, and two charges relating to misuse of company funds.
Sessions Court Judge Norsharidah Awang made the decision after granting an application by counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah for Mohamad Salleh to be given a full acquittal
Deputy public prosecutor Syed Faisal Syed Amir, who prosecuted in the case, informed the court that the prosecution was withdrawing the charges against Mohamad Salleh under Section 254 of the Criminal Procedure Code following a letter of representation submitted by the lawyer on November 4. – BERNAMA