UMNO Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin has been ordered to pay Anwar Ibrahim RM150,000 in damages after the Kuala Lumpur High Court ruled that he had defamed the PKR de facto leader.
The youth and sports minister was also ordered to pay RM65,000 as costs.
Anwar had filed a defamation suit against Khairy in March 2008, alleging that the then Umno Youth deputy chief had defamed him by alleging that he was involved in activities contradictory to Islam, was not of good character and was not fit to hold political positions.
Khairy was alleged to have defamed Anwar during a political speech on February 19, 2008, when he launched the Lembah Pantai Umno Youth election machinery.
The Pakatan Harapan adviser also claimed that Khairy had defamed him by implying that he was involved in sodomy.
The alleged defamatory words were posted on websites, including Malaysiakini.com, in a video clip titled “Anwar and kin no threat”.
In his defence, Khairy said Malaysiakini did not report his statement accurately, but he did not make any corrections as he was occupied with other matters.
He had relied on the defence of justification and qualified privilege.
The case was presided by Judicial Commissioner Azizul Azmi Adnan.
Anwar was represented by lawyers Subang MP R. Sivarasa and J. Leela, while Khairy was represented by Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.