KUALA LUMPUR, March 1 —Sarawak Report Editor, Clare Rewcastle-Brown has confirmed Anwar Ibrahim`s claim today that PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang had paid her RM1.4 million to withdraw his defamation lawsuit.
Rewcastle-Brown admitted that Hadi and PAS leaders had paid the RM1.4 million in order to terminate the lawsuit.
She also sarcastically said that the PAS would have spent significantly more had they pursued the case to the end and ultimately lost.
“The out of court agreement did not oblige Sarawak Report to provide any of the remedies sought in Hadi’s claim, such as keeping silent on the subject of Umno payments to PAS or anything else, since Sarawak Report had refused to apologise for its remarks or to surrender its commitment to fair reporting in the public interest,” Rewcastle-Brown wrote on her website.
Hadi had sued Rewcastle-Brown in 2017 over an article alleging PAS leaders took RM90 million from Former Prime Minister Najib Razak to support Umno and Barisan Nasional ahead of the 14th general election.
Last month, the PAS announced they withdrew the lawsuit filed in London, UK, alleging that the court fees in UK are so expensive to pay.
PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on Wednesday revealed that PAS had paid Rewcastle-Brown RM1.4 million in order to terminate the suit Hadi had launched against her, and he claimed he had documents and bank statement to prove this.
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission is still investigating the RM90 million allegation.