PUBLIC OF­FI­CIAL SUITS: COURT TO DE­CIDE

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PU­TRA­JAYA: The Fed­eral Court will de­ter­mine the le­gal ques­tion of whether public of­fi­cials can sue the me­dia for defama­tion in their of­fi­cial ca­pac­ity. This fol­lows a de­ci­sion by the Fed­eral Court’s three-man bench led by Jus­tice Tan Sri Hasan Lah to grant Pa­hang Men­tri Be­sar Datuk Seri Ad­nan Yaakob leave to ap­peal against a Court of Ap­peal de­ci­sion. On March 1 this year, the Court of Ap­peal struck out Ad­nan’s defama­tion suit against Utu­san Me­layu (M) Bhd, the pub­lisher of a Malay news­pa­per, af­ter it ruled that public of­fi­cials could not sue the me­dia for defama­tion in their of­fi­cial ca­pac­ity. or­dered to be whipped twice by the ses­sions court yes­ter­day. Muham­mad Amirul Fiqri Ab­dul Hadi ad­mit­ted to rob­bing Muham­mad Amar Shah Mohsen Manin­der, 27, of the theSun while walk­ing to his of­fice here by snatch­ing the phone at about 10am on April 27, 2016. Ses­sions judge Azwarnida Af­fandi or­dered Amirul to serve the sen­tence from yes­ter­day.

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