Former attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali has filed an appeal at the Court of Appeal against the High Court’s dismissal of his RM10 million defamation suit against DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang.
His lawyer M Visvanathan, when contacted today, said the notice of appeal was filed on May 24.
He said the notice was also duly served on Lim’s solicitors.
Lim’s lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo, when contacted, confirmed receiving the notice.
On May 23, the High Court in Kuala Lumpur dismissed Apandi’s suit against Lim.
Apandi sued Lim for allegedly defaming him in an article on the 1MDB scandal.
In his suit on July 5, 2019, Apandi claimed that on May 6, 2019, Lim had written and caused to be published the article titled “Dangerous fallacy to think Malaysia’s on the road to integrity” in Malaysiakini.
He claimed that the allegedly libellous words in the article implied that he was involved in crime and had abetted in the 1MDB financial scandal, was a person with no morals and integrity, was unethical and had abused his power when he was the attorney-general.
Apandi, who was attorney-general from July 27, 2015 to June 4, 2018, contended that the words were untrue and written with the intention of tarnishing his image and credibility for cheap publicity.
He sought aggravated and exemplary damages, as well as RM10 million in general damages, an injunction to prevent Lim and/or his agents from publishing the allegedly defamatory words again and other relief deemed fit by the court.
High Court judge Azimah Omar, in her decision to dismiss the suit, ruled that Lim had succeeded in justifying his qualified privileges when making those statements, as the 1MDB scandal involved criminality, illegalities, social and economic repercussions to the nation’s economy as well as the morality of the nation’s top leaders and agencies.
She also ordered Apandi to pay Lim RM80,000 in costs.