Karam defamation case later this year

A defamation case by David Bain advocate Joe Karam against two Justice for Robin Bain members has been set for later this year.

Kent Parker, of Justice for Robin Bain, said the case against him and fellow member Victor Purkiss would be heard before a judge in the High Court at Auckland on October 14.

The pair planned to defend themselves in the case, The case consists of four actions. Mr Parker being publisher of other people's comments, Mr Parker being creator of the website, Mr Parker for his comments on a Facebook page and on his website, and Mr Purkiss for comments on the Facebook page, on his website and Trade Me message boards.

Mr Parker declined to talk about the matter yesterday other than to say ''we have a substantial defence and we are using truth as our main defence''.

The pair maintained the defamation suit was improper and vexatious and they would present substantial evidence before the court.

Mr Karam told the Otago Daily Times last night, ''I have been very seriously defamed by Mr Parker and Mr Purkiss, and the matter is going to court later this year''.

The legal action involves about 100 comments allegedly published by Mr Parker and Mr Purkiss.

hamish.mcneilly@odt.co.nz

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