Ismail Sabri obtains temporary injunction against Lokman over alleged defamatory statement PM met Dr M

On Sept 1, Umno member Lokman (pictured) pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur to two charges of making and initiating offensive communications against Ismail Sabri and the Government through the Facebook application under the profile name 'Lokman Noor Adam Official'. (Photo by Shahrin Yahya/The Edge)

On Sept 1, Umno member Lokman (pictured) pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur to two charges of making and initiating offensive communications against Ismail Sabri and the Government through the Facebook application under the profile name 'Lokman Noor Adam Official'. (Photo by Shahrin Yahya/The Edge)

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KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 26): The High Court here on Monday (Sept 26) granted Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob an ad interim injunction against Datuk Lokman Noor Adam in the prime minister's suit over an alleged defamatory statement on Lokman’s social media accounts.

Lawyer Ragunath Kesavan, representing Ismail Sabri, said judge Datuk Ahmad Shahrir Mohd Salleh allowed the temporary injunction pending the disposal of the inter partes injunction hearing on Nov 29.

"The court ordered the defendant (Lokman) to file an affidavit in reply by Oct 11, and for the plaintiff to file in by Oct 25. The court also directed both parties to file written submissions by Nov 8, and to file written submissions in reply by Nov 22," the lawyer told the media after proceedings that were held virtually on Monday.

On Sept 12, Ismail Sabri obtained an interim injunction from the High Court for Lokman to delete immediately all videos on his social media accounts that allegedly defamed the premier.

The court ordered Lokman to remove a video, with the title "Bila Presiden Umno Panggil Tak Datang! Tapi PM Ada Masa Jumpa Mahathir — Lokman Adam" (When called by the Umno president, he didn't come! But the PM had time to see Mahathir — Lokman Adam), which was uploaded on the defendant's YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok accounts, referring to Ismail Sabri and former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The court also issued an injunction to prevent the defendant, either himself or his agents, from making similar statements on social media or any other website belonging to him.

Ismail Sabri, 62, applied for the injunction in a suit he filed against Lokman, 49, on Sept 8.

The prime minister, who is an Umno vice-president, filed the suit in his personal capacity. He named Lokman, who is an Umno member, as the sole defendant. 

In the statement of claim, Ismail Sabri stated that Lokman on Aug 22 made defamatory statements against him in the video.

He claimed that the malicious, defamatory and untrue statements were uploaded on four social media accounts belonging to the defendant, namely "Lokman Adam" YouTube, "Lokman Noor Adam Official" Facebook, "lokmanooradam" Instagram, and "datoklokmanadam" TikTok.

According to Ismail Sabri, the words meant, among other things, that he had met with Mahathir, and planned or intended to plan with the former prime minister and other opposition political parties to remain as the premier by turning his back on and betraying Umno.

Ismail Sabri claimed that he had never met with Mahathir and other political parties for the purpose, nor had he engaged in unprincipled measures to prevent the dissolution of Parliament for a general election to be held so that he could remain as the prime minister.

On Sept 1, Lokman pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here to two charges of making and initiating offensive communications against Ismail Sabri and the Government through the Facebook application under the profile name "Lokman Noor Adam Official".

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