1MDB critic’s suit against ex-IGP, former AG to be heard from April 22

Khairuddin Abu Hassan.

PETALING JAYA: The High Court has fixed five days from April 22 to hear a suit for unlawful detention and malicious prosecution filed by 1MDB critic Khairuddin Abu Hassan.

Lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla said the dates were fixed after a case management before Judicial Commissioner Darryl Goon Siew Chye in chambers.

“The judge has also given the directive to parties to file pre-trial documents before Nov 29,” he said.

On May 4, Khairuddin filed the suit against the government seeking damages for being unlawfully detained three years ago after lodging reports overseas about funds missing from 1MDB.

He claimed that he was maliciously prosecuted and sought RM8.83 million in damages.

He had named seven people in the suit, including former inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar, ex-attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali and the Malaysian government.

In 2015, police detained Khairuddin and his lawyer, Matthias Chang, for two months in 2015 under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act, a law used to deal with terrorist activities.

Khairuddin alleged that his detention was carried out in bad faith as investigators and prosecutors of several countries had later declared that investigations were being carried out into money laundering and corruption involving funds related to 1MDB.

All the defendants have also filed their defence.