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The prince has won in a court of law in Malaysia but one wonders if this victory will carry any weight in the court of public opinion in Indonesia?
Manohara Loses Defamation Suit Brought by Malaysian Prince
A Malaysian prince won a defamation suit on Thursday against his teenage wife, Manohara Odelia Pinot, who accused him of sexual and physical abuse after she fled back home to Indonesia.
The High Court ruled in favour of Tengku Fakhry Ismail Petra, a prince in Malaysia’s northern Kelantan state, because his wife had no lawyers to represent her at the proceedings, according to the prince’s lawyer, Mohamad Haaziq Pillay.
The prince had sought 105 million Malaysian ringgit ($30.6 million) from Manohara and her mother for making false allegations against him, but the court will decide later how much they must pay, Mohamad Haaziq said.
The prince’s lawyer said they would look into what legal measures could be taken to obtain payment from Manohara. However, he stressed that Tengku Fakhry was more concerned about simply clearing his name.
“My client feels vindicated,” Mohamad Haaziq said.
“ They made him look like a monster, they tarnished his reputation internationally, but it has all been lies. This was their opportunity to come back to prove their case against him, but they failed to do so.”
Manohara’s lawyer in Jakarta could not immediately be reached for comment.
The Malaysian legal team hired by Manohara in the defamation case quit in September, saying she had not cooperated with them, gave them no clear instructions and refused to return to Malaysia for discussions. The High Court then said it would automatically rule in favor of the prince if Manohara failed to appoint new lawyers.
At the same time the Globe also carried a story of the Prince refuting the allegations and filing a police report against Manohara and mummy.
hence, threatened by Manohara and Mommy’s accusations against him, photographic “proof” of torture and other allegations, the Kelantan Prince decides to contemplate suing Manohara and Mom.
Live and learn ye hoi polloi!
Unspun‘s said that it would get worse for the Kelantan royals.
This just in:
AFP: Doctor says 17-year-old girl, who says she was treated as a sex slave by the prince, has “slash wounds on many parts of her body.”
Rob’s got the fuller story here
If you are a prince, who get your pocket money from the state coffers, does that make you a public figure or a private citizen?
If the allegations against you are those of physical, sexual and mental torture and splashed all over the papers, does it mean that it is still a private matter?
The jakarta Globe Twittered this a couple of hours ago:
Manohara’s Mom Says One Smiley Photo Is Not Enough: The mother of Indonesian-American teen model Manohara Odelia.. http://tinyurl.com/cajbz5
As if making a public appearance to silence his critics, the Prince of Kelantan and Indonesian model Manohara, that he apparently kidnapped, showed up at a public function yesterday, the Malaysian Press reported.
The couple, the papers said, appeared happy,were holding hands, smiled at each other and even “posed for pictures with the wedding couple”.
And now, Unspun supposes, they’ll live happily after after…
Kelantan prince and Indonesian wife at wedding
A KELANTAN prince and his Indonesian model wife, who have been the subject of much discussion on the Internet, made a surprise appearance at the wedding of PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa’s son in Kota Baru on Saturday.
The Malay dailies reported that Tengku Temenggong Tengku Muhammad Fakhry Petra, 31, and his wife, Cik Puan Temenggong Manohara Odelia Pinot, 17, appeared relaxed and smiling, and even posed for pictures with the wedding couple.
Happy: Tengku Muhammad Fakhry and Cik Puan Temenggong Manohara attending the wedding in Kampung Kota, Kota Baru on Saturday.
The prince, who was attired in black, and his wife, who was dressed in a pink baju kurung and matching selendang, were seen holding hands and smiling at each other.
The scene was in stark contrast to Indonesian news reports which quoted Manohara’s mother Daisy Farajina as saying that the prince had forcibly taken her away in a private jet in Saudi Arabia.
There have also been reports that the Indonesian model ran away from the prince due to abuse.
Mingguan Malaysia also reported that Manohara was seen attending two state functions in Kelantan.