KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 14 — The High Court here today allowed the application by Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun to dismiss a subpoena served by Sungai Besar Umno chief Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos in a civil suit involving activist Maria Chin Abdullah.
Jamal submitted the subpoena to Mohamad Fuzi to appear as a witness in a defamation suit filed by Maria against the former for allegedly linking Bersih 2.0 with Daesh militant group.
Judge Datuk Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab granted the application in chambers in the presence of senior federal counsel Ahmad Terrirudin Mohd Salleh representing the IGP and lawyer V. Mugunthan representing Jamal.
The proceeding was also attended by Maria’s counsel Shahid Adli Kamarudin.
Speaking to reporters after the proceeding, Ahmad Terrirudin said the court allowed the application on grounds that Mohamad Fuzi, who was then Director of Special Branch, had no knowledge about Maria’s detention under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) 2012.
In addition to Mohamad Fuzi, Jamal also served subpoenas to former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, former IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and Kuala Selangor police chief Supt Ruslan Abdullah.
Jamal will also call on opposition activist Hishamuddin Md Rais, and serve a subpoena to lawyer Hasan Karim, who had been a student activist in the 1970s, as the head of University of Malaya Socialist Club.
On Oct 7 last year, Maria, 60, who is also Clean and Fair Elections Steering Committee (Bersih 2.0), sued Jamal, who is the chairman of Malay Non-Governmental Organisation Coalition and Gagasan Merah Malaysia.
In her statement of claim, Maria said that on Sept 28, 2016, Jamal had uttered defamatory words against her in a media conference in the vicinity of the Putra World Trade Centre, which was subsequently published and broadcast on several news portals, as well as national print and electronic media.
She also claimed that on Oct 4 last year, Jamal once again uttered defamatory words against her at the Bukit Aman federal police headquarters, and it was published on Oct 5 on news portals, national print and electronic media.
She is seeking compensation for general, aggravated and exemplary damages, as well as an injunction order to prevent the defendant from repeating or rebroadcasting the defamatory words. — Bernama