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Jamal retracts statement against Zuraida, the two settle defamation case

KUALA LUMPUR: A defamation suit filed by Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin against Red Shirts leader Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos for associating her with his bloodied nose incident, has been resolved via mediation.
The matter was settled after Jamal retracted his remark against Zuraida, made at Ampang Point Mall in November last year.
He read out the consent judgment in court before Justice S. Nantha Balan Tuesday.
Jamal, the defendant, said he had used the words in anger against Zuraida and regretted it.
Jamal also promised not to repeat any statement relating to the incident against the plaintiff.
Justice Nantha Balan later recorded the consent judgement and thanked all parties for being able to settle the suit via mediation without a full trial.
In her statement of claim, Zuraida alleged that the Sungai Besar Umno division chief had falsely and maliciously uttered and published the defamatory words to the media and the public on Nov 13.
The plaintiff said that Jamal knew the words would be widely published and spread via online news portals, print and electronic media.
The words, she said, were meant that she had directed her party members or her friends to commit a crime resulting in the injuries; that she was violent or a person who was prepared to commit or provoke the act of physical violence; that she was not fit to become an MP and that she was a criminal.
She had sought aggravated and general damages; an injunction to refrain Jamal or his agents from further publishing the defamatory words orally or via print media or the Internet as well as costs.
Jamal was involved in a fracas between the Red Shirts group and the police at Ampang Point Mall on Nov 13, 2016.
He initially claimed that a policeman punched him, but later claimed that it was Zuraida's men who had left him with a bloodied nose.
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