Friday, September 21, 2007

Rocky's Bru Faces Fresh NaSTy Allegations - For 'Interference of Justice'

You think it's over? Not yet.

2007/09/21

Blogger faces contempt proceedings

KUALA LUMPUR: The New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd, and three others, have applied to the High Court for leave to initiate committal proceedings against blogger Ahirudin Attan.

They claimed Ahirudin had allegedly committed contempt of court, as he had breached an undertaking that he had given to the court on Jan 29.

NSTP and Ahiruddin had, on that date, agreed not to publish any articles, comments or posts, regarding the present dispute which may be regarded as sub-judice.

The ex-parte notice of originating motion, filed by NSTP, stated that Ahirudin had published six new articles between May 18 and July 8, which were considered sub-judice.

It also stated that Ahirudin had maintained a hyperlink to a blog Walk With Us which also contained sub-judice articles.

NSTP's counsel, Rishwant Singh, submitted that the new articles and hyperlink were in breach of Ahirudin's undertaking not to publish further articles.

"These six articles clearly repeat the matters that are in dispute in the claim," he said.

Rishwant also submitted that the publication of words in the article or in the hyperlink weblog amounted to an interference of justice by Ahirudin.

On the hyperlink, the counsel said it should be considered as an equal publication under the law.

Judge Datuk Mohd Hishammudin Mohd Yunus fixed Oct 19 to deliver his decision.

If the application is granted, then committal proceedings would commence against Ahirudin.

The NSTP, its deputy chairman, chief executive officer and Brendan Pereira filed the suit in January, among others, requiring Ahirudin to remove certain articles from his blog and restraining him from publishing more articles defamatory of the plaintiffs.

The suit, filed on Jan 4, is in relation to certain articles and posts published, or permitted to be published, by Ahirudin on his weblog.

It is part of the plaintiffs' case that these articles refer to them and are defamatory.


And the Malay version in its sister paper with all the blog post names given:

Keputusan prosiding NSTP 19 Oktober

KUALA LUMPUR: Mahkamah Tinggi menetapkan 19 Oktober ini bagi keputusan permohonan The New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd (NSTP) dan tiga pegawai kanannya untuk kebenaran meneruskan prosiding menghina mahkamah terhadap penulis laman blog, Ahirudin Attan kerana masih menyiarkan enam artikel di laman blognya yang didakwa mempunyai unsur fitnah.

Hakim Datuk Mohd Hishamuddin Mohd Yunus menetapkan tarikh itu selepas mendengar hujah peguam Rishwant Singh yang mewakili NSTP.

Dalam permohonan sebelah pihak itu, Rishwant berkata, artikel terbaru itu adalah satu pelanggaran aku janji Ahirudin untuk tidak menyiarkan mana-mana artikel yang boleh menyebabkan subjudis terhadap kes saman mereka.

Pada 29 Januari lalu, NSTP dan Ahirudin bersetuju untuk tidak menyiarkan sebarang artikel atau komen berhubung pertelingkahan antara mereka yang boleh dianggap subjudis.

Notis saman pemula yang difailkan NSTP menyatakan Ahirudin menyiarkan enam artikel baru antara 18 Mei dan 8 Julai lalu yang bersifat subjudis.

Artikel itu bertajuk: ‘Wrong info on Kalimullah’, ‘Syed Ahmad Idid on corruption’, ‘Samy does a Brendan Pereira', ‘Kalimullah admit it was incorrect’, ‘Hisham’s K&M’ and ‘Datuk Seri who'.

Pada 4 Januari lalu, NSTP; Timbalan Pengerusinya, Datuk Seri Kalimullah Masheerul Hassan; Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif, Datuk Syed Faisal Albar dan bekas Pengarang Kumpulan New Straits Times (NST), Brendan John a/l John Pereira memfailkan saman terhadap Ahirudin.

Mereka menamakan Ahiruddin, 46, sebagai defendan kerana didakwa memfitnah mereka dalam 48 artikel yang disiarkan dalam laman blognya.

Ini adalah kes pertama penulis laman blog di internet diambil tindakan saman oleh sebuah syarikat penerbitan akhbar di negara ini.

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