Tuesday, July 9, 2013
A former senior police officer has filed a defamation suit against six mainstream newspapers alleging he was a "victim" of a smear campaign.
Former Commercial Crimes Investigation Department chief Datuk Ramli Yusuff filed the suit against six media publishers – New Straits Times, The Star, Berita Harian, Utusan Malaysia, Daily Express and Borneo Post - at the Kuala Lumpur High Court recently.
He also named the editors and reporters of The New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd, Star Publications (Malaysia) Bhd, Berita Harian Sdb Bhd, Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Bhd, Sabah Publishing House Sdn Bhd and See Hua Marketing as defendants.
According to the statement of claim, Ramli said his name was tarnished following reports in 2007 over the development of an area in Lahad Datu, Sabah.
He said the articles referred to him as the "senior officer who had amassed RM27 million and had failed to declare his assets".
Ramli said there was no other officer who was being investigated for abuse of power at that time.
He alleged that the articles implied he was a corrupt officer, had abused his power, had failed to declare his assets, had amassed RM27 million and had gathered it through illegal means.
One of the articles had also implied that he was akin to a "godfather", a term often used to refer to any infamous leader of the underworld.
Ramli said the articles had tarnished his reputation and character, ridiculed him and had lowered his esteem in the eyes of the public.
He denied owning such assets and being involved in any corrupt practices.
Ramli also claimed the reports had caused him to suffer anxiety and that he had to call for a press conference, contrary to normal police procedure, to clear his name.
Ramli is seeking an amount of general, special exemplary and punitive damages, interest, cost and relief deemed fit by the court. – July 9, 2013.