KUALA LUMPUR: Blogger Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris, better known as Papagomo, today settled a RM951,260.27 payment in damages to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim over postings implying the latter was engaged in indecent acts with a man.
He paid RM950,000 via a bank draft and RM1,260 in RM1 notes and 30 cents during the hearing of the proceedings of a bankruptcy petition filed by Anwar.
Muhammad Azri's lawyer, Irna Shahana Samsudin, said the court has fixed tomorrow for case management for Anwar to withdraw his bankruptcy petition against her client upon the settlement of the payment today.
Muhammad Azri, who was present during the proceedings in the chambers of deputy registrar Husna Dzulkifly, said he managed to collect the sum within three months with the help of Wangsa Maju Umno members and his supporters who had contributed the amount.
"I had previously asked Anwar's lawyer if I could pay the sum in installments but they refused. I eventually got the help of my supporters and the Wangsa Maju Umno members until I managed to settle the payment today. I am thankful to them.
"I even donated the three cents to Anwar," he said.
Anwar had filed a bankruptcy petition against Muhammad Azri on June 30 following his failure to pay the damages.
On February, 28, 2014, Muhammad Azri who was the chief executive officer and editor of news portal KL Pos Media & Production Sdn Bhd, was ordered by the High Court to pay RM800,000 in damages and RM50,000 in costs when it found him liable for defaming Anwar, who was then Pakatan Rakyat leader and Permatang Pauh member of parliament.
In December 2015, the Court of Appeal upheld the verdict and ordered Muhammad Azri to pay another RM10,000 in costs to Anwar.
He failed again at the Federal Court in his appeal to avoid paying the amount of damages to Anwar over the defamatory online posts.
Anwar filed the suit on March 21, 2013 claiming that Muhammad Azri had posted defamatory statements and uploaded certain images on his website at www.papagomo.com.