KUCHING: The RM200,000 in damages awarded to Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas will be donated to charity.

Uggah, who is also Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) deputy president, is currently overseas said that the money will be donated to a charity organisation of his choosing.

High Court Judge Ravinthran N Paramaguru yesterday made a judgement in favour of Uggah in his defamation suit against Vernon Kedit who is a special officer to Works Minister Baru Bian.

The judge ordered the defendant (Vernon) to pay the plaintiff (Uggah) RM200,000 for damages and RM40,000 for legal costs. Uggah was also granted an injunction against Vernon.

The proceeding yesterday was held in the judge’s chambers as the courtrooms were all occupied. It took about an hour before the judge delivered his decision.

A man suspected of being a blogger attempted to take pictures of the proceedings from outside the chambers but was noticed and Judge Ravinthran ordered him to delete his photos. He denied taking pictures and was excused.

Also present in court were Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) deputy secretary-general Datuk Ibrahim Baki, who confirmed lawyer Sim Hui Chuang’s statement on the decision and said he would be conveying the news to Uggah.

Ibrahim (centre) exiting the judge’s chambers after hearing the judge’s decision that favoured Uggah.