Rewcastle Brown’s comments in 1MDB are disrespectful of royal institutions, court hears

KUALA LUMPUR – The court said that Clare Rewcastle Brown’s defamatory remarks about Terengganu Sultanah, in her book 1Malaysia Development Bhd ( 1MDB), were disrespectful of the royal institution.

Terengganu Magistrate Nik Mohd Shukri Nik Mohd Mohd Tarmizie said that Rewcastle Brown’s actions created a negative impression of Sultanah Nur Zahirah and damaged both her good name and reputation.

In his written decision dated June 2, the magistrate stated this.

Rewcastle Brown was found guilty on 7th February of defaming Sultanah Nur Zahirah through her book ‘The Sarawak Report: The Inside Story of 1MDB’ in an absentia trial under Section 425A Criminal Procedure Code.

The court found that, after considering the testimony of the prosecution witnesses that they were convinced that the slanderous comments directed towards the Sultanah Terengganu constituted defamation and could have tarnished her good name.

The slanderous remarks directly linked the Sultanah Terengganu to fugitive Low Taek Jho, or Jho Low, who is suspected of involvement in the 1MDB scam.

In his written judgement, Magistrate Nik Mohd Tarismie stated that “this indirectly tarnishes the Sultanah’s reputation in the largest scandal in the country.”

The magistrate said that the court also took into account the fact that the defendant chose to waive her right of attendance at the trial, thus failing to respect the legal systems in this country.

Rewcastle Brown, from the UK, was indicted in absentia in September 2021 by the Kuala Terengganu Magistrate’s Court on charges of criminal defamation. Section 500 of Penal Code carries up to a two-year jail sentence or a fine if found guilty.

She was accused by the prosecution of criminally defaming Sultanah Nur Zahirah through a book entitled ‘The Sarawak Report: The Inside Story of 1MDB’.

On Sept 14, 2018, at 8am, she allegedly committed an offence in Lot 60048 of Taman Chendering Utama.

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