Yesterday, High Court judge Balia Yusof Wahi struck out the suit in his chambers after the parties informed him of the agreement and that they had filed a notice of discontinuance of the suit.
The songstress was represented by lawyer Shamsul Bahrain Ibrahim while Ariff Rozan acted for the defendants.
When contacted by The Star, Shamsul Bahrain said both parties signed the notice of discontinuance last Friday.
Out-of-court settlement: Sharifah Aini arriving at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur Monday.
“It is an amicable solution for us,” he said.
Shamsul Bahrain, however, refused to disclose details of the settlement, saying it was “between the singer and the defendants”.
Sharifah Aini had named publisher of weekly newspaper Mingguan Malaysia, Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Bhd, its former group chief editor Datuk Khalid Mohammad and entertainment reporter Ku Seman Ku Hussain as defendants in her suit filed on April 27, 2004.
She claimed the defendants had falsely and maliciously published an article in Mingguan Malaysia on March 21, 2004, which defamed her.
Deputy registrar Nazri Ismail had originally set the case for a two-day hearing from yesterday.
In her statement of claim, Sharifah Aini said the writing, printing and publication of the words were an act of sensationalism solely to boost the sale of the newspaper and to live off the ruins of her career as a singer and entertainer.
Sharifah Aini said she suffered considerable distress and embarrassment and was brought into public scandal, odium and contempt.
In their statement of defence filed on June 18, 2004, the defendants denied the allegations by the singer.