Red Shirt leader Jamal Yunos has been ordered by the Kuala Lumpur High Court to file his statement of defence in a civil lawsuit by Yellow Shirt leader Maria Chin Abdullah.
Maria’s lawyer S. Melissa said High Court deputy registrar Norfauzani Mohd Nordin ordered Jamal to file his statement of defence by Dec 2 this year and the case management had been set on Dec 27 before Justice Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab.
In her lawsuit, Maria claimed that Jamal had uttered slanderous words and linked her and Bersih movement with Islamic State (IS) militant group during a press conference in the compound of the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) on Sep 28, 2016.
Melissa said Jamal, who is the Sungai Besar Umno division chief, also slandered Bersih and Maria during a media conference in the Bukit Aman police headquarters compound on Oct 4, 2016.
Jamal’s statements were published in print media and various online news portals.
The Yellow Shirt leader, in her statement of claim filed on Oct 7 this year alleged that she had been brought to a public scandal, which had tarnished her reputation and good name.
Maria seeks general and aggravated damages, as well as an injunction to stop Jamal from uttering or publishing similar words, either verbally or in print and online medias.
On Oct 5, Jamal held a press conference at the Umno building in Shah Alam, where he flushed down to the toilet the letter of demand from Maria’s lawyers asking for his retraction and apology for the statements.