Tuesday, October 13, 2015

A-G defends charge against Khairuddin, Chang

 The Attorney-General has defended the action against Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan and his lawyer Matthias Chang  Datuk Seri, saying the laws used are not limited to terrorists.

Tan Sri Mohd Apandi Ali said the Special Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) 2012 covered security offences and was not limited to terrorism and terrorists.

"This has been questioned by certain parties ... as being an abuse of power," said Mohd Apandi, referring to the accusation made by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad and six former Cabinet members.

He further clarified that Khairuddin and Chang were charged under Section 124(L) of the Penal Code, while Sosma was only a procedural law to facilitate investigations and prosecution.

"We did not charge them under Sosma," said Mohd Apandi, in his first press conference since taking the reigns of the A-G's Chambers.

He said the clarifications were to prevent any further misleading statements regarding the provisions used.

"However, the Attorney-General's Chambers is not at liberty to divulge any facts pertaining to their cases, as the matter is pending before the court,” he said.

Mohd Apandi also refused to take any questions from the media.

On Monday, Khairuddin and Chang became the first ever to be charged under Section  124(L) of the Penal Code, for attempting to sabotage Malaysia’s banking and financial services.

The former Batu Kawan Umno division vice-chairman and his lawyer were accused of jointly committing the offences at the Paris Police Station; Charing Cross Police Station, London; Switzerland Attorney-General’s office, Bern; Wai Chan Police Station, Hong Kong; and Cantonment Police Headquarters, Singapore, between June 28 and Aug 26.
They face a maximum jail term of 15 years if convicted.

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