Clare Rewcastle Brown keeps setting and resetting the bar on stupidity and mendacity to record highs.
She told a 2nd of August 2017 Case Management Hearing at the London High Court that she ignored a letter by Hadi’s lawyers as “none of them (the lawyers’ letters she receives) end up in court.”
As if that wasn’t bad enough, she went on to accuse the Malaysian judiciary and Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak of being corrupt and complicit with Hadi.
The judge more or less told her off and ruled that Najib wasn’t in any way corrupt.
THE THIRD FORCE
If one were to bestow awards for originality in fake coverage, Clare Rewcastle Brown would immediately claim the title for “Queen of Fiction.” There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that she sets the bar on stupidity and mendacity to ridiculous highs, highs even Mohamad Sabu may never have witnessed before. Talk about folks who don’t exist, and there she is, right up there, giving you the latest from Lincoln’s grave. Talk about bribes that never took place, and you can count on her to number the millions and tell stories even Hitchcock couldn’t match.
It was one of these fictions that landed her right into Dato’ Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s cauldron of piping hot soup. On the 13th of December 2016, Hadi’s United Kingdom lawyers issued a Letter of Claim Pursuant to the Pre-Action Protocol for Defamation which they then delivered to her. The said letter came attached with three demands, the first of which required Sarawak Report to retract an article alleging that Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak paid Hadi RM90 million in bribe money to solicit some favours.
The second and third demands by Hadi’s lawyers were for Sarawak Report to issue an apology and for the portal to give an undertaking not to publish similar claims in future. But instead of getting her lawyers to issue a response, Clare told a 2nd of August 2017 Case Management Hearing at the London High Court that she ignored the letter as “none of them (the lawyers’ letters she receives) end up in court.”
Now, not only did that imply that she was a habitual delinquent, it impressed upon the judge that she had very little regard for officers of the court and may even have been emboldened to hurl slanders.
And to think that she had the cheek to ask the judge to fix £800,000 (about RM4.5 million) as the security Hadi needed to deposit with the court. Not only did the court accept Hadi’s offer to pay RM80,000 instead, it ruled that Clare herself needed to pay costs worth 15,000 pounds (about RM85,000) immediately and the balance upon assessment of the total cost.
Now, can you guess what she did next?
What she normally does when cornered, of course! In defending the need for Hadi to deposit a heftier sum, she blurted that it would be difficult for her to sue the PAS president in the event she won the case and the latter defaulted payments, as, according to her, the Malaysian judiciary and Najib were corrupt and complicit with him. Now, can you magine the shock her lawyers had sitting and listening to her utter that rubbish?
Yes, she successfully and effortlessly set the stupidity bar to an all-time high, a high even the guy below could never have parred.
It was the last straw.
Infuriated, the judge pointed out that she had many months to come up with evidence but failed to do so. The court then made it clear that it could not blindly label a sovereign state (or its judiciary) to be corrupt without sound evidence, particularly since the United Kingdom (UK) and Malaysia shared good bilateral relations. In and of itself, that statement was effectively a ruling by the London court that the Prime Minister of Malaysia was in no way corrupt…
To be continued…