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High Court grants injunction against Tony Pua from publishing defamatory statements on PM

UALA LUMPUR: The High Court has forbidden Petaling Jaya Utara Member of Parliament Tony Pua Kiam Wee from further publishing statements defamatory to the Prime Minister.
Judge Datuk Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab made the order today after allowing Datuk Seri Najib Razak's application for an inter parte interim (temporary) injunction order to stop Pua from defaming him in relation to a Facebook live video posting.
Najib's lawyer, Datuk Mohd Hafarizam Harun, told reporters that the court agreed that there are serious issues that must be kept confidential until the disposal of the case so that the trial can proceed without affecting his client's position.
"The court allowed our interim injunction to stop the defendant (Pua) from further publishing the video which is the subject matter in this case. The effect is, Pua cannot republish or repeat the words complained of," he said after the matter came up in chambers.
Hafarizam added that the court has fixed Sept 13 for case management.
"The defendant has removed the posting from his Facebook page. So now, he can't republish or repeat the words in the video," Hafarizam said.
Najib filed the suit on April 21, in his personal capacity, claiming that Pua made a defamatory statement through a live video that was specifically directed at him and there was malice in the statement.
In his statement of claim, Najib alleges that on April 6, Pua made a statement at the Parliament building area, which was recorded and posted on his (Pua's) Facebook page.
He also claimed that the 2-minute-21-second recording containing the statement "BN abandons all Bills to give precedence to PAS RUU355 Private Member's Bill" was uploaded to Pua's Facebook page the same day.
Najib is also seeking for Pua to publish an unequivocal written apology in at least two newspapers.

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