Labour MP files defamation papers

Another political defamation  case, this time Labour MP Raymond Huo , who has filed papers against People’s Party president Steven Ching and his wife Ailian Su.

NZH:  Raymond Huo says he was falsely accused of corruption & criminal record

Labour MP Raymond Huo claims he was the target of a nasty campaign leading up to the election that falsely accused him of having a criminal record and then asking police to wipe it.

Huo’s lawyer Kalev Crossland filed defamation documents in the Auckland High Court last week against People’s Party president Steven Ching and his wife Ailian Su, who he says spread false material damaging to Huo.

Crossland, who said the papers would be served this week, claimed that Ching and Su republished material in the lead-up to the election on popular Chinese social media app WeChat – a popular platform with broad reach in the Auckland Chinese community.

The court file says that the materials falsely accused Huo of dishonesty, corruption, having a criminal record, and that he was behind media stories questioning the Chinese military background of National MP Dr Jian Yang.

It further states that Auckland Mayor Phil Goff, when he was Labour Party leader, went with Huo to a police station and asked “Police Officer S” to delete Huo’s criminal record.

Goff told the Herald there was no truth to the story.

Huo is seeking a declaration of defamation and legal costs. He questioned who authored the material, suggesting it was designed to boost the popularity of Ching as well as divert attention away from the media spotlight on Dr Yang’s background.

Crossland said he asked Ching and Su to provide evidence of the claims, “which they didn’t and they couldn’t because none of it was true”.

“This was done very strategically in the lead-up to the election. If you’ve got a question mark over you, even if it’s not true, it might tip them away from voting for Raymond. It was a really nasty thing to have done.

“Many clients would seek aggravated damages, but Raymond just wants his name cleared.”

Court documents say: “The plaintiff’s reputation has been seriously damaged, and the plaintiff and his family has suffered considerable distress and embarrassment and, due to the permanent nature of online publication, will continue to have his reputation damaged.”

Attempts were made to ‘cease and desist’ but presumably were not successful/

Huo sent cease-and-desist letters to Ching and Su after the material surfaced. Ching and Su subsequently issued a press release saying they did not write the material, though they found the contents interesting and they had shared it among friends.

Ching told the Herald he did not write the material, nor did he know who had written it, and legal action against him and his wife was “not fair”.

It’s sad to see politics played out in the courts.

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4 Comments

  1. lurcher1948

     /  November 20, 2017

    Is communist China behind this re National MP Dr Jian Yang?the best form of defence is attack and communist China thought the National party was going to be their man..

    Reply
    • Please be careful making assertions you can’t support with facts, especially on a defamation thread.

      Reply
    • High Flying Duck

       /  November 20, 2017

      That doesn’t make any sense Lurch.
      Why would the Chinese sabotage their “plan B” in this little communist plant story?

      Reply
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