Army officers withdraw suit against Raja Petra


Two senior army officers linked to the murder of Altantunya Shaaribuu have withdrawn their suit against popular blogger Raja Petra Raja Kamarudin.

(Bernama) – The two senior army officers who filed a RM2 million defamation suit against blogger Raja Petra Raja Kamarudin over his sworn statement linking them to Mongolian woman Altantuya Shaariibuu’s murder case withdrew their suit today.

Raja Petra’s counsel Jadadish Chandra told the media that High Court Judge Su Geok Yiam recorded the settlement without cost in chambers here.

In the July 22 2008 suit, Lt Col Abdul Aziz Buyong and his wife Lt Col Norhayati Hassan claimed that Raja Petra’s sworn statement contained malicious accusations against them and the Prime Minister’s wife Rosmah Mansor regarding the murder with the intention to tarnish their reputation, credibility, good name and careers.

The couple had sought RM1 million each in general and exemplary damages from Raja Petra and an injunction to prevent him and his staff from repeating statement.

Raja Petra who operates the Malaysia Today blog made the sworn statement on June 18 2008 and posted it on his portal and other websites while the Altantuya murder trial was being heard at the Shah Alam High Court.