1MDB critics out on bail as court rules against SOSMA use

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Source: The Malay Mail Online

Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan (left) was detained since September 23 under anti-terrorism law SOSMA after a global tour to solicit investigations by other countries into 1MDB. ― MMO File pic

Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan (left) was detained since September 23, 2015 under anti-terrorism law SOSMA after a global tour to solicit investigations by other countries into 1MDB. His lawyer Matthias Chang was detained later on October 8, 2015 under the same law ― MMO File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 18 ― The High Court here today found that the sabotage charge against two critics of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) did not fall under the purview of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA).

Judge Datuk Mohd Azman Husin said that the security law was passed without the intention to include cases on banking and financial services, and granted former Umno leader Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan and lawyer Matthias Chang bail at RM10,000 each with a single surety.

Khairudin’s lawyer, Mohd Haniff Khatri Abdulla, said that he expected the deputy public prosecutor to file an appeal but was glad for the decision today.

“What is most important right now is that both Datuk Khairuddin and Matthias Chang have been released today on bail,” he told reporters here.

On October 12, Khairuddin and Chang were jointly charged under Section 124L of the Penal Code, which was read together with Section 34, over the reports they lodged against 1MDB with authorities in France, Hong Kong, Singapore, the UK and Switzerland.

Khairuddin was detained since September 23 under anti-terrorism law SOSMA after a global tour to solicit investigations by other countries into 1MDB.

His lawyer Chang was detained later on October 8 under the same law.

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