PUTRAJAYA — August 17, 2015: Gerakan Harapan Baru boss Mohamad Sabu, also known as Mat Sabu, and former PAS secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali today lost their appeal at the Federal Court in the defamation case filed by former Election Commission deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar.
The three-man panel of judges led by Appeals Court president Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif unanimously rejected the appeal by the former PAS deputy president and Mustafa, with a cost of RM10,000.
It also maintained the decision of the Appeals Court which complied with the order of the High Court for compensation of RM200,000 to be paid to Wan Ahmad.
The other judges were Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum and Federal Court judge Tan Sri Abdull Hamid Embong.
Wan Ahmad filed the suit against the two politicians on March 5, 2013.
He claimed that the article published in the February 1-3, 2013, edition of Harakah, based on its interview on January 29 of that year, which referred to the Sabah IC project, was defamatory to him.
In their defence statement, Mohamad and Mustafa denied defaming Wan Ahmad, saying that his position as a civil servant was open to criticism.
On March 18 this year, the Appeals Court rejected their appeal against the High Court decision on March 20 last year.
Counsel Datuk Mohd Hafarizam Harun told reporters that in general Mat Sabu and Mustafa must pay Wan Ahmad RM250,000, not including interest.
This was inclusive of the compensation order of RM200,000, High Court costs of RM30,000, RM10,000 at the Appeals Court and RM10,000 at the Federal Court.
Mat Sabu and Mustafa were represented by Hanipa Maidin. — Bernama