Khairuddin’s bid to set aside ‘sabotage’ charge challenged

Haniff-Khatri-AbdullaKUALA LUMPUR: The prosecution will be raising a preliminary objection on the application by sacked Umno Batu Kawan deputy divisional chief Khairuddin Abu Hassan to set aside his “attempting to sabotage” the banking and financial institution of Malaysia, charge under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma).

Khairuddin’s lawyer Haniff Khatri Abdulla told the media at the Kuala Lumpur High Court on Monday that the prosecution, represented by Deputy Public Prosecutors Masri Daud and Abazafree Abbas, informed Deputy Registrar Noor Aini Yusof that they will raise a preliminary objection against Khairuddin’s application.

“The prosecutors will issue the notice for preliminary objection in two weeks’ time,” said Haniff.

The court directed all parties to file in their written submissions before or by April 6.

The hearing for the preliminary objection to be held on April 13 will be before Justice Nordin Hassan.

Khairuddin, a vocal critic of the Ministry of Finance (MoF) owned 1MDB, was detained by the Classified Crimes Investigation Unit of the Criminal Investigation Department Bukit Aman at his home in Mont Kiara on September 18.

He was remanded from September 19 under Section 124C of the Penal Code for trying to carry out activities deemed detrimental to parliamentary democracy.

He was said to have committed the “act” in various countries such as France, England, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Singapore between June 28 and August 26 with senior lawyer Matthias Chang. The latter was also detained.

On September 23, Khairuddin was re-arrested under Sosma 2012 after his remand under section 124C of the Penal Code ended.

Khairuddin recently filed a habeas corpus application to challenge his detention under Sosma.

He claimed in court papers that the charge against him was “unconstitutional”. According to him, when he was first charged at the Magistrate Court here on October 12, there was no “rightful” Attorney-General (AG) then.