Najib to file defamation suit against former AG, publisher

KUALA LUMPUR (BERNAMA) – Najib Tun Razak will file a legal action against former Attorney-General Tommy Thomas over an allegedly defamatory statement in his recently-published book, My Story: Justice in the Wilderness, which implicates him to the murder of Mongolian woman Altantuya Shaariibuu.

The matter was confirmed by the former prime minister’s counsel Muhammad Shafee Abdullah when contacted by Bernama.

“Yes, we are suing him. Yesterday, Thomas had replied to our letter of demand (LOD)…he said that he did not defame our client.

“The publisher, namely, GB Gerakbudaya Enterprise Sdn Bhd has not replied to our LOD. We are going to file defamation suit against both Thomas and the publisher as soon as possible,” said Muhammad Shafee.

On February 2, Najib, in the LOD sent through his solicitor, Messrs Shafee & Co, demanded an apology and RM10 million in damages from Thomas over allegations against him in the book.

In the letter, Najib also gave Thomas until noon Friday to provide a satisfactory reply, failing which legal proceedings will be taken against him.