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Court fixes April 30 for decision on defamation suit filed by Apandi's former special officer against Sarawak Report editor

Publish date: Mon, 26 Feb 2024, 06:34 PM

KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 26): The High Court has fixed April 30 to deliver its decision on a defamation suit filed by former attorney general Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali’s special officer, Mabel Sheela Mutthiah, against Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown.

The date was fixed by Datuk Raja Ahmad Mohzanuddin Shah Raja Mohzan after he received clarification on the written submissions on Monday.

The date was confirmed by Rewcastle-Brown’s counsel Guok Ngek Seong when contacted by The Edge.

Mabel is suing Rewcastle-Brown over articles linking her to alleged text messages sent to the family of deputy public prosecutor Datuk Kevin Morais, who was murdered in September 2015.

Mabel, who had retired as a Sessions Court judge, filed the suit against Rewcastle-Brown in 2019 over an article in Sarawak Report titled How AG's Office connived to prevent a second post-mortem on Morais that purportedly linked her to Morais' death.

She denied the alleged claim in the article and initiated the lawsuit to seek damages from Rewcastle-Brown, as well as a court order for the article to be removed from the Sarawak Report website.

Mabel is represented by Datuk David Gurupatham.

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