Actress Zahida Rafik loses defamation case, to pay former driver damages

Zahida Mohamed Rafik (second from right) and family members leaving the Jalan Duta Court Complex in Kuala Lumpur, February 26, 2015. — Bernama pic
Zahida Mohamed Rafik (second from right) and family members leaving the Jalan Duta Court Complex in Kuala Lumpur, February 26, 2015. — Bernama pic

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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 — The High Court here today ordered a local actress to pay her former driver RM150,000 in damages  after she falsely accused him of running away with her money two years ago.

Judge Datuk Hue Siew Kheng ruled that Zahida Mohamed Rafik’s allegations made in local Malay daily Harian Metro on March 2013 against former driver Noor Azman Azemi was defamatory and dismissed her counterclaim and evidences.

Hue said that Zahida’s counterclaim showed “inconsistencies” and that her documents were “fabricated”.

Zahida was ordered to pay her former driver RM150,000 for damages and RM40,000 for additional costs.

Noor Azman filed a defamation suit against Zahida on November 2013 after the actress accused him of running away with RM200,000.

He claimed that the actress’ allegations was done with bad intention, and that it gave him a bad reputation and jeopardised his future chances in seeking a job.

National news agency Bernama reported that Noor Azman was remanded by the police for four days after Zahida lodged a police report against him.

The actress had later applied to strike out the defamation suit but was dismissed by Hue.

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