Friday, August 19, 2011

Nor Azman applies to set aside suit (the Star, 20th August 2011)

KUALA LUMPUR: Businessman Nor Azman Abdullah @ Baginda Minda is applying to set aside the RM100mil defamation suit filed by businesswoman Ummi Hafilda Ali against him.

His lead counsel Yusmadi Yusoff said he had filed an application at the High Court civil registry via e-filing yesterday to get leave from the court to enter conditional appearance over the claim.

Yusmadi told Justice V.T. Singham that his client was also present in court.

“I hope the court will hear us first before hearing the application by the plaintiff (Ummi Hafilda),” he said.

Lawyer Fahri Azzat, who acted for second defendant Mkini Dotcom Sdn Bhd, asked the court to allow mediation between Ummi and his client over the suit.

Justice Singham then asked Fahri: “If the court holds a mediation and there is a settlement, will it solve for first defendant too? You cannot separate it. It is interlinked. He is the speaker and you are the publisher.”

Fahri said he was not aware that Nor Azman would turn up in court yesterday.

Justice Singham said the first defendant must be given the opportunity to have his version told to the court.

Ummi’s lawyer Zulhelmi Wagiman said he would have to review the previous documents filed for the suit due to the appearance of Nor Azman and asked for time for mediation, saying that there was a possibility of parties reaching a settlement.

Justice Singham set Sept 12 to hear an application by Nor Azman to get leave to enter conditional appearance in the suit.

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