Wednesday, October 27

Firm obtains interim injunction against human rights activist

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SHAH ALAM: A Japanese multinational corporation, Asahi Kosei Sdn Bhd yesterday obtained an interim injunction from the High Court here restraining a human right activist, Charles Hector Fernandez, from highlighting the plight of its migrant workers from Myanmar in his blog posts.

Judge Datuk Lim Yee Lan granted the injunction in chambers pending hearing of a defamation suit filed by Asahi Kosei demanding a compensation of RM10 million against Hector who is also a lawyer.

Lim also dismissed Hector’s application to set aside the ex-parte injunction that was granted on Asahi Kosei on Feb 17.

The company was represented by counsel John Fam, Freeda Santhiago and Tan Tai Hwa while counsel Francis Pereira and Sharmini Thiruchelvam appeared for Hector.

Pereira told reporters that the court made the decision on the grounds that bloggers could not claim the same defences that claimed by the media.

On Feb 14, Asahi Kosei sued Hector for defamation, demanding RM10 million in damages over the publication of entries allegedly defaming the company in his blog at charleshector.blogspot.com.

It claimed that Hector had maliciously published the six entries between Feb 8-13 which it claimed to be containing false statements, resulting in the company receiving queries from its clients demanding explanation over the blog entries. — Bernama