Controversial preacher Zakir Naik is demanding an apology and compensation from a DAP Youth leader for allegedly defaming him by linking him with the arrests of individuals with alleged ties with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) militant group.
According to Naik's lawyer Akberdin Abdul Kader, the notice of demand was sent to Bagan Dalam assemblyperson Satees Muniandy, for the latter to issue an unreserved apology to be published on social media, within the next 48 hours.
"He is to admit liability and retract all allegations made against our client. He is to also make an offer of a reasonable sum of settlement for the damage, embarrassment and humiliation to Naik, as a result of the (alleged) defamation," the notice said, according to Free Malaysia Today (FMT).
Naik also demanded Satees, who is also DAP Youth international secretary, to remove and refrain from publishing any defamatory allegation on all social media and other mediums.
Yesterday, Satees was quoted saying by FMT that the recent "LTTE bogeyman episde" would not have arisen without Naik's presence in Malaysia.
"The move to neutralise the opposition to Zakir Naik could have activated the designs of the deep state and those powerful figures bent on producing a particular outcome," he reportedly said.
According to Akberdin, Satees's remark had tarnished Naik's imagine by implying that he had engineered the matter by persuading Malaysian authorities via "back door" dealings to arrest the LTTE sympathisers, in order to divert the attention from himself.
If Satees fails to apologize and settle on a compensation, a defamation suit will be filed against him, said the lawyer.
Twelve men, including 3 DAP members, have thus far been charged with alleged links with the LTTE, which was embroiled in a long-drawn civil war with the Sri Lankan army in its quest for an independent Tamil state in the country, before being defeated in 2009.
The group is listed as a terrorist organisation in dozens of countries.
Meanwhile, Naik, who holds a permanent resident status in Malaysia, is wanted in India on money-laundering charges. He has denied the charges.
Putrajaya has refused to send back the Mumbai-born preacher back to India, claiming that he would not get fair treatment there.
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