Attorney Rosli Dahlan’s affidavit (pictured) assumed that Lokman has a long history and a penchant for making false accusations and false news in his pursuit of “cheap advertising”. – Picture by Hari Anggara
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KUALA LUMPUR, April 5 – The High Court today issued an injunction to prevent former Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam from making defamatory statements against Rosli Dahlan, attorney for 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) to submit.
The order was given by Justice Commissioner Dato Mohd Arief Emran Ariffin on a defamation charge of RM 50 million filed by Rosli against Lokman.
Prior to the preliminary gag order, Rosli made a police report and sent Lokman a letter of formal notice about statements he made during a video broadcast on social media on March 16-20, including claims that the lawyer pulled 10 percent off them Goldman Sachs and Ambank settlements with the Malaysian government on the 1MDB matter – as legal fees to enable funds to be routed to Bersatu.
Rosli had denied all allegations, claiming that Lokman falsely accused him of receiving 10 percent of the RM 17 billion, equivalent to RM 1.7 billion in legal costs related to the government’s settlement with Goldman Sachs on the 1MDB case, and 500 million RM made available to Bersatu as a commission.
In his affidavit, Rosli announced that Lokman had reached out to him to reach an agreement and asked for Rosli’s consent to waive any claim for compensation.
Rosli’s affidavit also assumed that Lokman has a long history and a taste for false accusations and false news in his pursuit of “cheap advertising”.
However, Lokman did not fulfill his promise to apologize via a similar video and did not appear in Rosli’s office to apologize in person.
Lokman had only deleted one of the two videos in which he had allegedly made defamatory statements against Rosli.
Rosli was represented at the injunction this morning by Datuk DP Naban and Joseph Wong.
Rosli also issued a letter of formal notice to Kuang MP Sallehuddin Amiruddin and his aide, Mohd Hanizam Yunus, who had made similar statements and linked the lawyer and his law firm Rosli Dahlan Saravana Partnership with commissions from the settlement against Goldman Sachs and AmBank to facilitate embezzlement of public funds through 1MDB.
C4 ready to comply with Rosli’s demands
Similarly, the lawyer for the Anti-Corruption Watchdog Center for Anti-Corruption and Cronyism (C4 Center) had responded to Rosli’s letters of formal notice against the organization for several alleged defamatory statements on social media.
As a representative of the C4 center, Datuk Gurdial Singh Nijar stated that his client did not intend to defame Rosli, removed the defamatory post in question and even considered complying with Rosli’s demands for an amicable solution to the matter.
In Rosli’s letter of formal notice dated March 29th, which was sighted by Malay Mail, the lawyer called on the C4 Center to remove the alleged defamatory authorities and to agree to pay compensation of RM 10 million.
The 1MDB attorney also demands that the C4 Center produce a clear public apology that will be prominently and immediately posted on its website, Facebook page, and Twitter account, and that any news portals that have posted the allegedly defamatory material, also publish the same apology with the same meaning.