Appeals court upholds RM200,000 award of damages to Mohammad Nizar in defamation suit

by BERNAMA/ pic by BERNAMA

The Court of Appeal here today upheld the Sessions Court’s award of damages of RM200,000 to Perak Amanah deputy chairman Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin (picture) in a defamation lawsuit he filed against Perak PAS Commissioner Razman Zakaria.

A three-member bench comprising Justices Datuk Dr Badariah Sahamid, Datuk Hasnah Mohammed Hashim and Datuk Harmindar Singh Dhaliwal, in a unanimous decision, dismissed Razman’s appeal.

Justice Badariah, who chaired the bench said the court found no merits in Razman’s appeal, adding that there was no appealable error in the High Court judge’s findings which warranted the appellate court’s intervention.

She also ordered Razman to pay costs of RM10,000 to Mohammad Nizar.

Mohammad Nizar, who was former Perak Menteri Besar, filed a RM3 million suit against Razman in 2016, claiming that Razman’s statement was defamatory and had tarnished his image as a politician.

In 2017, the Ipoh Sessions Court ordered Razman to pay RM200,000 in damages to Mohammad Nizar after finding Razman liable for the slanderous statement he made against Mohamad Nizar, which was published in a local Malay language newspaper on June 2, 2015.

Razman appealed to the Court of Appeal after he lost his appeal at the High Court which had upheld the Sessions Court’s decision.

He (Razman) was represented by lawyer Mohd Harris Abdullah while Mohammad Nizar was represented by lawyer Mohd Fitri Asmuni.

Mohd Fitri told reporters that his client (Mohammad Nizar) would get the damages following the Court of Appeal’s decision today.