Oct 18 hearing for Anwar’s application on tax payable

(The Star) – The High Court has set Oct 18 to hear an application by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to review the taxation imposed in his RM100mil defamation suit against former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Deputy registrar Farah Hana Hashim set the date after meeting Anwar’s lawyer S.N. Nair in chambers yesterday.

Nair said Dr Mahathir has also filed for a cross review of the taxation amount.

“A senior assistant registrar has ordered Anwar to pay RM120,000 to Dr Mahathir (over the suit at the High Court stage). We are disputing the taxation amount,” he said.

On Jan 27, 2006, Anwar filed the suit against Dr Mahathir for allegedly portraying him as a man with no morals who was dangerous to Malaysian society.

The High Court had struck out Anwar’s suit with costs on July 4, 2007.

On Oct 20, 2009, the Court of Appeal threw out an appeal by Anwar because the memorandum of appeal was not in Bahasa Malaysia.

Last year, the Federal Court had dismissed the point of law raised by Anwar’s lead counsel Karpal Singh in his leave application to appeal over his RM100mil defamation suit against Dr Mahathir. The point of law raised was whether the grounds of judgments which were written in English, are invalid.