Khairuddin in hospital, court adjourns govt’s appeal


PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal has adjourned the government’s appeal against a High Court ruling to grant bail to two 1MDB critics as one of them is in hospital.

Lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla told bench chairman Ahmadi Hasnawi that his client, Khairuddin Abu Hassan, had been admitted to Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) for severe dehydration and exhaustion.

“He will be in hospital for two days,” Haniff said, adding that Khairuddin was warded yesterday.

Ahmadi, who sat with Nalini Pathmanaban and Kamardin Hashim, then fixed the appeal to be heard on Dec 13.

Deputy public prosecutor Awang Armadajaya Awang Mahmud did not object.

Lawyer Matthias Chang, who was charged with Khairuddin, was present in court today.

On Nov 18 last year, High Court judge Mohd Azman Husin found that the sabotage charge against Khairuddin and his counsel Matthias did not fall under the purview of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma).

The judge then granted them bail at RM10,000 each with a single surety pending the outcome of their trial in the Sessions Court.

On Oct 12, Khairuddin and Chang were jointly charged under Section 124L of the Penal Code for sabotaging the nation’s banking and financial services following reports made against 1MDB with authorities in France, Hong Kong, Singapore, the United Kingdom and Switzerland.

Khairuddin was detained on Sept 23 under the anti-terrorism law, while Chang was detained on Oct 8 under the same law.

In his ruling, Azman said Article 149(1)(e) of the Federal Constitution, which covers acts prejudicial to the maintenance or functioning of supplies or services to the public, was excluded from Sosma’s preamble.