Mahathir’s response when he was sued by a senior former police officer for libel

medialnews – KUALA LUMPUR. Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said he responded to a letter of demand issued by former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar for defamation.

The charge was based on Mahathir’s claim that there was a leak of funds within the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) task force in 2015 which was transferred to Khalid.

Mahathir’s attorney, Mior Nor Haidir Suhaimi, of MM Haidir & Co, said: that the former Prime Minister submitted his response.

“Tun will issue a statement soon,” he said, adding that more information would be released later.

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According to some media, Khalid was seeking RM 10million in damages from Mahathir for libel following accusations made by the former prime minister last month.

According to statements allegedly defaming Mahathir, who is the fourth and seventh prime ministers, there had been delays in taking earlier action against former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak because Khalid leaked information from the task force. .

Khalid sent a request letter dated April 22 through Mr. Gunaseharan & Linda, requesting an apology within seven days from Mahathir.

The former IGP denies the allegations, which it describes as false, defamatory and has tarnished its reputation.

Khalid also asked Mahathir to withdraw his statement which had been posted on several news portals because it impacted his reputation as a former IGP. He also called for an open apology to be posted on the former prime minister’s social media, such as Facebook, Instagram and other platforms.


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