KUALA LUMPUR — Jan. 5, 2018: Former prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is applying with the High Court to strike out a subpoena obtained by Sungai Besar Umno chief Datuk Seri Jamal Md. Yunos regarding a defamation suit.
Jamal had sought the subpoena for Mahathir to be a witness in the suit filed by activist Maria Chin Abdullah against him for allegedly linking her movement Bersih 2.0 with the Daesh terrorist group.
Lawyer Muhammad Rafique Rashid Ali for Mahathir said that his client had filed the application last December 19.
“January 15 has been set for case management,” he said after the hearing on the application came up for mention in chambers before Judge Datuk Mohd. Zaki Abdul Wahab. Lawyer V. Mugunthan represented Jamal.
Mahathir is seeking a court order to cancel the subpoena dated last September 28 on the grounds that he had no specific knowledge on issues arising from the suit.
He further claimed that the subpoena had abused the judicial process and had malice against him for the purpose of engaging in political gimmick.
On November 14, the court had allowed an application by Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun to strike out a subpoena obtained by Jamal regarding the same case.
The court allowed the application on the grounds that Fuzi, who was then the director of the Special Branch, did not have any knowledge about the detention of Maria under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act.
In her statement of claim, Maria alleged that Jamal had made defamatory remarks about her at a press conference at the Putra World Trade Centre which were later carried in news portals and the print and electronic media.
She also claimed that on October 4, 2016, Jamal had again made similar defamatory remarks at the Bukit Aman federal police headquarters. — Bernama