The long drawn legal battle between journo/blogger Datuk Ahirudin Attan and four ex-NSTP executives came to an end today.
*NSTP, the publication, was initially a party in the above suit but withdrew their case in 2010.
The defamation suit against me was filed by the New Straits Times Press and its 4 top executives then in January 2007. It made headlines as the world's first case involving a newspaper and its journalists against a blogger. The NSTP dropped the suit against me two Ramadans ago and this morning, I'm happy to report to you, the 4 individuals, all of whom are no longer with the NSTP, dropped the suit against me after I've agreed to what the High Court tags as Enclosure 44.
In a nutshell, I've agreed apologize "for the considerable distress, embarrassment and inconvenience caused to the plaintiffs" as a result of some of the things I'd written about them on my blog.
Both parties agreed that there will be no order as to costs. - Rocky's Bru
It was learned that Rocky's 'apology' 'for the considerable distress, embarrassment and da..da..da.. comes ONLY after taking into consideration Datuk Seri Kalimullah Maseerul Hassan's earlier APOLOGY to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in Jan, 2012.
** One of the main point of contention was the 'LIAR' tag pasted on one of the plaintiff.
Businessman Datuk Seri Kalimullah Hassan has apologised to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for any embarrassment caused by his article written on 11 June 2006 in the New Sunday Times with regards to the then Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s meeting with Dr Mahathir in Japan.
He also unreservedly withdraws and retracts all allegations he had made in the said article.
With the apology and retraction, Dr Mahathir is vindicated.
The apology was part of the mutual consent recorded at the Kuala Lumpur High Court today between Kalimullah and Matthias Chang in which both parties reached an amicable settlement over a RM50 million defamation suit filed by the former on Chang.