Feb 9 case management for Anwar's defamation suit vs Hamzah

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Kuala Lumpur High Court today fixed Feb 9 for further case management of opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's defamation suit against deputy minister of Plantation, Industries and Commodities Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin.

Anwar's counsel Sankara Nair told The Edge Financial Daily that the new date for case management was set after lawyers for both sides met the high court's deputy registrar in chambers today.

In the suit filed in August 2008, Anwar was seeking RM10 million in damages as well as costs over Hamzah's allegations that Anwar had harassed his wife in 1998.

Chinese daily newspaper Kwong Wah Jit Poh had on Aug 19, 2008 quoted Hamzah as saying that Anwar had wanted to "harass (kacau)" his wife despite them both purported being "best friends".

Hamzah, who is Larut member of parliament, allegedly made the remark when campaigning during the Permatang Pauh by-election in August 2008, which subsequently saw Anwar's return to parliament after a 10-year absence.

Meanwhile, the Federal Court on Wednesday will hear Anwar's final bid to seek additional documents and evidence from prosecution before the commencement of the former deputy prime minister's sodomy trial.

The Kuala Lumpur Criminal High Court has fixed Anwar's sodomy trial to run for a month from Jan 25.

Anwar stands accused of sodomising his former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, in a condominium in Bukit Damansara here on June 26, 2008.