PKR vice-president Mohd Rafizi Ramli was today ordered to pay RM200,000 in damages to National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFCorp) executive chairman Mohamad Salleh Ismail and his company for defaming them over the purchase of a property in KL Eco City, Bangsar.
High Court Judicial Commissioner Azizul Azmi Adnan made the decision after allowing Mohamad Salleh and NFCorp’s suit against Mohd Rafizi, who was the first defendant.
Azizul ordered Mohd Rafizi to pay damages of RM150,000 to Mohamad Salleh and RM50,000 to his company.
Bernama reported that the court also ordered Mohd Rafizi to pay costs of RM100,000 to the Mohamad Salleh and NFCorp.
However, the court dismissed Mohamad Salleh and NFCorp’s suit against Malaysiakini, which was named as second defendant, and ordered the plaintiffs to pay cost of RM50,000 to the news portal.
In the suit filed on June 3, 2013, Mohamad Salleh and NFCorp claimed that on March 7, 2012, Mohd Rafizi had made a defamatory statement at a media conference at the PKR Office on the purchase of KL Eco City properties and was published by Malaysiakini on the same day.
He said the suit was filed because of losses incurred due to the lies, misleading information, disclosure of confidential banking information and slander made by the defendants.
Mohamad Salleh sought general, exemplary and aggravated damages, as well as interests, costs and other relief deemed fit by the court.
He also sought an injunction to prevent the defendants from continuing to mislead and deceive the public on the issue.