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High Court orders Anina Saadudin to delete offending Facebook posts on Ismail Sabri

KUALA LUMPUR (March 11): The High Court here today has ordered former Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) women chief Anina Saadudin to delete all her offending Facebook posts related to Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pictured) until the hearing of interpartes injunction.

This follows an ex-parte application by Ismail Sabri, High Court Judge Datuk Seri Mohd Firuz Jaffril has allowed an injunction order to compel Anina to delete the defamatory posts, and stop further posts from her with reference to the senior minister.

The injunction order is effective today, until a fresh order or inter parte hearing of injunction is allowed, or 21 days lapse from the date of the order today.

The judge has fixed March 25 for the next case management.

Earlier this morning, theedgemarkets.com reported that Ismail Sabri filed a defamation suit against Anina for her defamatory Facebook posts, including a video which implied that the minister had violated Malaysia’s movement control order (MCO) standard operating procedures.

The video shows Ismail attending an event and shaking hands with the guests. Ismail and several others could also be seen without face masks while sitting together at a banquet table, with no physical distancing.

However, it is understood that the event in the clip took place in September 2019, about five months before the imposition of the MCO.  

Ismail Sabri, who cited in his statement of claim 13 different alleged defamatory Facebook posts by Anina, claimed that all of the posts are untrue.

Ismail, who demands that Anina issue a written apology, is also seeking, among others, an unspecified amount of general, exemplary and aggravated damages deemed fit by the court.

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