[2019] CLJ JT (2)
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NOOR AZMAN AZEMI v. ZAHIDA MOHAMED RAFIK
FEDERAL COURT, PUTRAJAYA
AHMAD MAAROP PCA, ZAHAR MOHAMED FCJ, ALIZATUL KHAIR OSMAN FCJ, ROHANA YUSUF FCJ, MOHD ZAWAWI SALLEH FCJ
[CIVIL APPEAL NO: 02(f)-139-12-2017(W)]
30 JANUARY 2019

TORT: Defamation – Libel – Defence – Absolute privilege – Police report – Maker of statements in police report regurgitated words in report to media reporters – Impugned words published in newspaper article – Consideration of public policy – Whether defence of absolute privilege available to maker – Whether police report absolutely privileged – Whether absolute privilege extended to subsequent publication of contents of police report to public at large

TORT: Defamation – Libel – Defence – Justification – Maker of statements in police report regurgitated words in report to media reporters – Impugned words published in newspaper article – Whether defence of justification available to maker – Whether burden of proof to establish defence of justification laid on claimant/maker

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