The Kuala Lumpur High Court has advised Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah and Sungai Besar Umno division chief Jamal Md Yunos to consider settling a defamation suit brought by the former against the latter.
Lawyer Melissa Sasidaran confirmed that judge Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab gave the advice during case management in his chambers this morning.
Melissa, who is representing Maria, said the court has fixed Jan 9 for another case management for parties to update the court on the matter.
On Oct 7, Maria filed a lawsuit against Jamal for alleging that the electoral watchdog had been infiltrated by terrorist group Islamic State (IS).
Maria, 60, filed the suit, which includes claims for general and aggravated damages.
In her statement of claim, she said Jamal, who is also chairman of the Coalition of Malay non-governmental organisations (NGOs), had allegedly uttered the defamatory statements on two occasions.
The first instance occurred outside Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) on Sept 28, while the second was at the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman on Oct 4.
She claims that the defamatory words, which have been published in newspapers and online news portals, implied that she was abetting the terrorist group and was an agent of IS.
On Oct 5, Jamal tore up a letter of demand by Chin for an apology before flushing it down a public toilet. – NST