KUALA LUMPUR – The defamation go well with filed by Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail towards Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin (image) was settled when the previous Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) vice-president made a public apology to the Residence Minister on the Periods Court docket right here at the moment.
Zuraida, 65, when studying the apology earlier than Choose Norakhmar Mohd Sani, mentioned she had made a defamatory assertion towards the Pakatan Harapan secretary-general in her speech throughout a dinner occasion on the Renaissance Lodge right here on Dec 8, 2019.
“With regard to the defamation go well with filed by Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution, each events have agreed to settle the matter with an open apology on this court docket.
“Subsequently, I hereby retract the defamatory assertion made and apologise to Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution,” mentioned Zuraida.
The court docket then recorded the settlement reached by each events and cleared the trial dates that has been set for 3 days beginning at the moment.
Earlier, lawyer Navpreet Singh representing Saifuddin Nasution because the plaintiff and whose absence was excused at the moment, mentioned that the plaintiff and the defendant (Zuraida) have reached a settlement via a consent judgment and the phrases of the settlement are to be recorded at the moment.
In line with Navpreet, the plaintiff has withdrawn the writ in addition to assertion of declare and the defendant has withdrawn the assertion of defence.
“As well as, the defendant retracts the defamatory assertion and agrees to make a verbal apology in court docket at the moment.
“Each events agree that this judgment is a full and ultimate settlement, and this lawsuit is dismissed, and the plaintiff and defendant haven’t any freedom to file once more,” mentioned the lawyer, including that there have been no orders for prices.
Counsel Nizamuddin Hamid representing Zuraida, confirmed the matter.
Zuraida, when met by reporters mentioned she was grateful that the case was resolved amicably.
Saifuddin Nasution, 58, filed the lawsuit on July 21, 2020, claiming that the dinner themed Shared Prosperity Imaginative and prescient 2030 happened on the final day of PKR 14th Nationwide Congress in Melaka.
He claimed that the defamatory assertion implied that he (Saifuddin Nasution) engaged in fraud and corruption as a result of he acquired tens of millions in bribes to affix PAS or PKR or to carry a place within the public sector.
Saifuddin Nasution claimed that the previous Housing and Native Authorities Minister had malicious intent to tarnish his credibility and picture as a politician, public servant within the eyes of most people, PKR members and PH supporters. – BERNAMA / pic TMR FILE