PUBLIC OFFICIAL SUITS: COURT TO DECIDE
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.