Defamation (Libel vs Slander) / Blackmail Lawsuits

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asked on Feb 17, 2021 at 14:22
edited on Nov 24, 2021 at 10:54
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Query: Can an Indonesian citizen sue or file a lawsuit against a Saudi citizen living in Malaysia for blackmailing and defamation?

The basic answer is "YES".

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answered on Feb 17, 2021 at 14:48
edited Nov 24, 2021 at 10:56

The action of damaging the good reputation of someone; slander or libel.

The action treated as a criminal offence of demanding payment or another benefit from someone in return for not revealing compromising or damaging information about them.

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answered on Feb 17, 2021 at 22:53
edited Nov 24, 2021 at 11:00
Personal Interpretations in Malaysian Laws:

The original poster or enquirer can launch two different lawsuits in Malaysia if the act has been committed inside Malaysia and both parties must reside in Malaysia at that period time the offense has been committed.

Do take note that at that point of filing the Originating Summons, both parties must be in Malaysia as either party can apply to court for the passport of other party, to be withheld by the court until the conclusion of the lawsuit. This is very common in Thailand. There can be a counter-sue by the Respondent / Defendant which may take a very long process.. years..!! So, is it “face”/ego more important or your passport? This applies to Lawsuits from/to Foreigners in Malaysia. Foreigners residing inside Malaysia or on Tourist "Visa"/Pass must abide to the Laws Of The Land and do not enter into any altercations with anybody.

Blackmailing is charged in Criminal Courts.

Defamation is charged in Civil Courts.
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