Red Shirts leader Jamal Yunos has appointed lawyers to represent him in the defamation suit by Bersih 2.0 Chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah.
Jamal had previously flushed Maria’s letter of demand down a toilet.
Lawyer Melissa Sasidaran, for Maria, said Mohammed Nasser Yusof and Mohamad Fauzi Abd Samad from the law firm of Fauzi and Nasser filed appearance on Thursday
Maria’s suit came up for case management at the High Court.
The court had ordered Jamal to file his statement of defence by December 2, according to Melissa. “Maria has to file her reply to Jamal by December 16.”
The case will come up before Justice Zaki Abdul Wahab on December 27.
Maria sent a letter of demand on October 4, asking Jamal to apologise for his remarks, within 48 hours. He held a press conference the next day to say he would not apologise.
Maria is suing Jamal, who is also Umno Sungai Besar divisional chief, for claiming that Bersih 2.0 was an agent of the Islamic State (IS) group.
He made the allegation during a press conferences at the Putra World Trade Centre and at Bukit Aman, the police headquarters.
Maria said in the October 7 suit that her reputation had been tarnished by Jamal. His statement implied that she abetted the terrorist group.
Jamal had asked that legal action be taken against her.
Lawyer N Surendran, also representing Maria, had previously warned he may go for substituted service, i.e. advertising in the newspapers, if Jamal still refused to accept court papers on Maria’s suit.