The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) is tracking down Sarawak Report editor, Clare Rewcastle-Brown after she failed to attend proceedings in a suit linked to Sultanah of Terengganu Sultanah Nur Zahirah.
According to The Star, Criminal Investigation Department chief Datuk Seri Abd Jalil Hassan said the arrest warrant was issued on 23 September against Rewcastle-Brown for her absence.
In the statement, he urged those with information on her whereabouts to contact the CID’s Special Investigation Unit chief Supt Junainah M. Kasbolah at 019-7051222 or investigating officer Asst Supt Khairul Ridzuan Khiruddin at 017-640 4440.
Rewcastle-Brown is currently facing a charge under Section 500 of the Penal Code for making allegedly disparaging statements against the Sultanah in her book “The Sarawak Report: The Inside Story of the 1MDB Expose”.
Sultanah Nur Zahirah earlier filed the defamation suit against Rewcastle-Brown, publishers GB Gerakbudaya Enterprise Sdn Bhd and Chong Ton Sin, and printer Vinlin Press Sdn Bhd.
On 13 December 2019, high court judge, Datuk Ahmad Zaidi Ibrahim said that the defendants had indeed defamed the sultanah, asserting that a passage in the book had cast aspersions on the plaintiff.
She claimed that the contents of the book misconstrued her as interfering with the state administration and used her influence to establish a sovereign wealth fund, which later became 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
However, the defence argue the justification of fair comment and qualified privilege.
Meanwhile, the sultanah is seeking RM100 million in damages from each defendant.