PETALING JAYA: The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) will appeal against the High Court’s decision to acquit former prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin of four charges of abuse of power.
Deputy public prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin told reporters the appeal will be filed this evening.
Wan Shaharuddin also said the prosecution will seek a stay of proceedings for the Bersatu president’s three other money laundering charges pending the appeal.
“In the meantime, we accept the decision, but we will file an appeal this evening,” he said.
Earlier, the Kuala Lumpur High Court allowed Muhyiddin’s application to strike out the four charges of abusing his position to obtain bribes totalling RM232.5 million for Bersatu.
Justice Jamil Hussin said the charges did not clearly disclose any offence known to law, and were not sufficiently clear to enable Muhyiddin, the Bersatu president, to prepare his defence.
He said they lacked sufficient particulars as required under Section 154 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
As such, he said, the charges were defective, before striking them out and acquitting Muhyiddin.
Muhyiddin was charged with abusing his power as prime minister between Feb 8 and Aug 20, 2021 in connection with the Jana Wibawa programme by seeking to obtain RM232.5 million for Bersatu.
He pleaded not guilty after the charges were read out to him in the sessions court here before judge Azura Alwi on March 10.
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