Only in Malaysia: The High Court ruled in favour of the Kelantan Prince just because his wife had no lawyers.

Just because Manohara Odelia Pinot, the beautiful lady in distress, had no lawyers to represent her, the High Court (let me guess, it's Malaysian 'court', right?) ruled in favour of the Kelantan prince Tengku Fakhry Ismail Petra. Right. Excuse me while I'm busy vomiting on my innocent keyboard.

Since when has the logic abandon Malaysia??

A Malaysian prince won a defamation suit Thursday against his teenage wife who accused him of sexual and physical abuse after she fled back home to Indonesia.

The High Court ruled in favor of Tengku Fakhry Ismail Petra, a prince in Malaysia's northern Kelantan state, because his wife had no lawyers to represent her, said the prince's lawyer, Mohamad Haaziq Pillay.

The prince had sought 105 million ringgit ($30 million) from Manohara Odelia Pinot and her mother for making false allegations against him, but the court would decide later how much they should pay him, Mohamad Haaziq said. The prince's lawyer said they would look into what legal measures can be taken later to obtain payment from Pinot. However, he stressed that Tengku Fakhry was more concerned about simply clearing his name.

"My client feels vindicated," Mohamad Haaziq told The Associated Press. "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."

Pinot's lawyer in Jakarta could not immediately be reached for comment.

Malaysian lawyers hired by Pinot 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 Pinot failed to appoint new lawyers.

Pinot, a well-known socialite in neighboring Indonesia, married the prince last year after she turned 16. She left him in what she claimed was a dramatic escape from a hotel in May while accompanying the royal family on a trip to Singapore.

She and her mother subsequently told the media that Fakhry, 31, had held her captive and treated her as a sex slave. She also made graphic allegations of physical torture during their marriage.

Tengku Fakhry filed a demand in the Islamic Shariah Court in July calling on Pinot to return to him and fulfill her responsibilities as his wife. The court is expected to hear the case within weeks, and Tengku Fakhry's lawyer indicated he would launch divorce proceedings if Pinot refuses his demand.

From Yahoo! News, "Malaysia prince wins defamation suit against wife".

The High Court has allowed Kelantan prince Tengku Temenggong of Kelantan Tengku Muhammad Fakhry Sultan Ismail Petra to enter a judgment in default against his estranged wife Manohara Odelia Pinot and her mother after they failed to engage new lawyers in his RM105mil defamation suit.

This means that Manohara and her mother, Daisy Fajarina, will have to pay Tengku Muhammad Fakhry for defaming him.

However, the amount of damages has yet to be ascertained by the court.

A judgment in default is a binding judgment in favour of the plaintiff when the defendant has not responded to a summons or has failed to appear before a court of law.

Speaking to reporters later, the prince’s counsel Mohd Haaziq Pillay said High Court senior assistant registrar Shazali Hidayat Shariff granted the order in his chambers Thursday after the mother and daughter failed to meet the deadline set for them to engage new lawyers.

Earlier this month, Messrs Fakrul Hisham Abdullah and Associates, engaged to act for Manohara and Daisy Fajarina, withdrew as their solicitors on record.

“The defendants have been given the opportunity to appear in court with evidence to support their allegations, but until today, they have not turned up.

“Money is not the issue for my client. This is about his dignity and reputation,” Mohd Haaziq said.

He added that the court would still have assess the amount for damages, which could be more or less than the RM105mil they were claiming “based on the plaintiff’s status.”

Manohara, 17, had fled from her husband on May 31 when they were in Singapore to visit the Sultan of Kelantan at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital.

She returned to Jakarta after accusing the 31-year-old prince of abusing her physically and sexually, which was reported widely in the Indonesian and Malaysian media.

In July, Tengku Muhammad Fakhry filed the suit against his estranged wife and her mother for defamation.

He is seeking RM35mil each in aggravated, exemplary and compensatory damages as well as costs, interest and other relief deemed fit by the court.

He is also applying for an injunction to restrain the defendants from further speaking and uttering similar words/ statements against him.

In his earlier statement of claim, Tengku Muhammad Fakhry said the defamatory words widely printed and circulated online in Malaysia and Indonesia implied that he was guilty of mistreating, sexually harassing, abducting and unlawfully confining Manohara.

The allegations, he said, were baseless and meant to disparage him in the eyes of the members of the royalty, the Government and the public.

Due to this, he said he was forced to initiate legal proceedings to clear his name.

On July 5, Tengku Muhammad Fakhry filed two applications against Manohara at the Syariah High and Lower Courts in Kota Baru, demanding the return of a loan of about RM1mil and also that she stays loyal to him.

According to the prince, the couple had married on Aug 26, 2008 and stayed together at the Mahkota Palace in Kubang Kerian.

At the lower Syariah court, the prince claimed that he had issued an ultimatum to Manohara on June 26, through the local media, to reconcile with him by July 2. He said Manohara was informed of this via the media but she failed to comply.

He later asked the court to issue an order to reconcile or deem her to be nusyuz.

(Nusyuz is the refusal of a wife to obey her husband in instances such as wilfully distancing herself from her husband, leaving the house without permission or refusing to relocate/ stay with her husband without valid reason(s) as prescribed under Islamic law.)

From The Star Online, "Kelantan prince wins defamation suit against Manohara (Update)".

The High Court here Thursday allowed Kelantan prince Tengku Muhammad Fakhry Sultan Ismail Petra to enter judgment in default in his RM105 million defamation suit against his estranged Indonesian model wife, Manohara Odelia Pinot, and her mother, Daisy Fajarina, after they failed to appoint counsel.

Senior Assistant Registrar Shazali Hidayat Shariff made the order in chambers.

A judgment in default is a binding decision made in favour of the plaintiff when a defendant does not respond to a summons or fails to appear before a court.

On Oct 29, Shazali gave Manohara and her mother until today to appoint new lawyers or risk having a judgment in default entered against them.

Lawyer Mohd Haaziq Pillay, who represented the prince, told the media that the amount of the damages would be assessed by the court later.

Mohd Haaziq said the quantum was not the main issue. What his client wanted was to clear his name of the allegations made by Manohara and Daisy.

"Manohara and her mother should come and answer all the allegations that they had made against Tengku Muhammad Fakhry but to date they have not furnished any proof to support their allegations," he said.

He said Shazali made the decision after the prince filed for a judgment in default against Manohara and Daisy for failing to appoint new counsel to defend them.

On Oct 12, Messrs Fakrul Hisham Abdullah & Associates obtained on order from the High Court to discharge itself from representing Manohara and Daisy.

In the suit filed on July 20, the Kelantan prince claimed that the two had falsely and maliciously defamed him in allegations they made at news conferences between April and June about Manohara being abused.

Besides the defamation suit, the prince had also filed two other suits against Manohara im the syariah court seeking her return to him and nearly RM1 million which he claimed Manohara owed him.

Until today, Manohara and Daisy have yet to reply to Tengku Muhammad Fakhry's claims.

From Bernama, "Judgment In Default Entered Against Manohara".

Update on 04/01/10: The Tengku Temenggong of Kelantan, Tengku Muhammad Fakhry Petra Sultan Ismail Petra wails that Manohara must return, repay debt.

The Tengku Temenggong of Kelantan, Tengku Muhammad Fakhry Petra Sultan Ismail Petra, yesterday took the oath of yamin istizhar at the Syariah High Court here to compel his estranged wife Manohara Odelia Pinot to return to him and repay a debt of more than RM1 million (S$410,600).

Clad in a dark pinstripe suit, the third son of the sultan of Kelantan took less than five minutes to take the oath before Syariah High Court judge Mohd Yusof Awang.

Tengku Muhammad Fakhry swore that the money that he had given to Manohara was "harta dorm" (assets not jointly acquired during a marriage) and that the money given to her, was a debt.

He also said that the statements made in the affidavits mentioned in the two judgments delivered by the court last month, were true.

The same court had ruled on Dec 13, that Manohara must return to her husband within 14 days and also repay the debt within 30 days.

However, the two judgments were to only take effect after Tengku Muhammad Fakhry took the yamin istizhar oath.

After Tengku Muhammad Fakhry completed his oath, Yusof then allowed the two judgments to take effect.

Manohara now has 14 days to return to her husband and 30 days to repay the debt.

Manohara was absent at yesterday's proceedings.

Tengku Muhammad Fakhry was represented by lawyer Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar.

Outside the court, Tengku Muhammad Fakhry, who looked happy, declined to speak to reporters.

Instead, he directed his lawyer to give a statement to the press.

Zainul said Manohara, a former model from Indonesia, would lose all her rights as the wife of the prince if she failed to return to the prince within the period.

"The court can also declare her as having betrayed her husband if she failed to obey the judgment," he said.

From Asiaone, "Manohara must return, repay debt".

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