Rewcastle Brown sentenced two years in jail for defaming Sultanah Nur Zahirah

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KUALA TERENGGANU: Sarawak Report Editor, Clare Rewcastle Brown, 65, has been sentenced to two years in jail by the Magistrate Court her today for defaming Sultanah Terengganu, Sultanah Nur Zahirah.

Clare Rewcastle Brown was sentenced to two years in jail after Magistrate Nik Mohd Tarmize Nik Mohd. Shukri found her guilty for the defamatory charge.

The Court ordered Rewcastle Brown’s jail sentence to run on the date she was found guilty, on Wednesday.

The trial proceeding however was conducted “in absentia” under Section 425A Criminal Procedure Code.

The court had previously issued an arrest warrant for Rewcastle-Brown for failing to attend the charge proceedings.

Rewcastle-Brown was charged under Section 500 of the Penal Code for issuing defamatory statements in her book, “’The Sarawak Report – The Inside Story of the 1MDB Exposé.”

Newcastle Brown had been charged in the Magistrate Court here on 23rd September 2021 without her presence and applied for the case to be transferred to the Kuala Lumpur High Court.

The Kuala Lumpur High Court Judge, K.Muniady however had rejected the application on 21st June 2023.

Muniandy had ordered the case remain to be heard in Kuala Terengganu Magistrate Court without any obstacle as the charge date was on 23rd Sept.2021.

Earlier Sultanah Nur Zhirah had filed a defamatory suit on Rewcastle –Brown relating to the defamatory statements in the book and demanded RM100 million for general damages.

Sultanah Nur Zahirah, who filed the suit on Nov. 21, 2018, had claimed that the defamatory claims had, among others, insinuated that she was involved in corrupt practices and had meddled in the Terengganu state government’s administrative affairs. –Malaysia World News



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