Court strikes out Sharifah Aini's defamation suit

KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 29, 2008):
The High Court has struck out the defamation suit brought by veteran singer Datuk Sharifah Aini Syed Jaafar against former entertainment journalist Zieman.

Judicial Commissioner Mohamed Yazid Mustafa made the order in open court at about 11.30am after both parties including their lawyers failed to turn up here today.

On Sept 25, the counsel from both sides also did not come for case management. The suit was supposed to be heard today and tomorrow.

Sharifah Aini, 54, sued Zieman whose real name is Fauziah Mohd Johar, formerly of The Star, over remarks made in a conversation with journalist Saodah Ismail of Agendadaily about the "Johor Ghazal Symphony Concert With Sharifah Aini" held at the Istana Budaya. The singer filed the suit in April 2004.

Fauziah, in her statement of defence, said she was only expressing her opinion and it was a reasonable comment. -- BERNAMA