Sultanah seeking RM100mil in damages from Sarawak Report editor

PETALING JAYA: Sultanah Nur Zahirah of Terengganu was reported as saying that she did not consider the statement published by Sarawak Report to be a proper apology.

Sultanah has issued a letter of demand to three parties, including Sarawak Reporter editor Clare Rewcastle Brown, over a passage in the latter’s book on the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal, the Star Online reported.

The report said, Sultanah is seeking RM100mil each in damages from Rewcastle Brown, the publisher Gerakbudaya Enterprise and the printing press Vinlin Press Sdn Bhd.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Sultanah Nur Zahirah’s lawyer Datuk Mohd Haaziq Abdullah said Rewcastle-Brown has eight days from Sept 27 to make a full written, unequivocal public retraction and written apology in terms to be approved by her the Sultanah’s legal counsel.

On Thursday (Sept 27), Sarawak Report apologised to Sultanah Nur Zahirah and clarified that its book did not suggest that she was conspiring with businessman Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho, or involved in 1MDB scandal.

However, In a press conference at the Sheraton Hotel near here on Saturday (Sept 29), Mohd Haaziq said his client, the Sultanah, had never met Jho Low.

“We are of the view that Clare’s statements are unjustified, baseless and have aspects of insult,” he said.

The book “The Sarawak Report: The Inside Story of the 1MDB Expose” was officially unveiled on Sept 8.

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