The High Court in Kuala Lumpur has fixed August 23 for the hearing of the lawsuit against Swatch over the seizure of 172 watches from its Pride Collection by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

High Court Judge Amar Gessing set the hearing date after he was informed by Swatch's representative lawyer, Mr. Nizam Bashir, that the company needed to amend its legal documents. Senior Commonwealth Counsel Irmavati, appearing for the government, said they had no objection to the amendment of the suit.

Swatch Claims Seizures By The Home Ministry Are Illegal

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Home Ministry officers confiscated 172 watches from Swatch stores across the country between May 13 and 15 of this year, and Swatch learned through the Home Ministry's seizure notice that the seizure was made because the watches featured elements that promoted the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community.

Swatch claimed that the Home Office's seizure of the watches was unlawful because they were not defined as a form of “publication” under the Printing and Publishing Act.

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