Former Umno branch leader Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan and his lawyer Matthias Chang were charged today with attempting to sabotage the Malaysian economy and the country’s financial and banking system.
They are accused of committing the offence in France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Singapore, between June 28 and August 26 this year.
No plea was taken when both were brought before magistrate Siti Radziah Kamarudin, as she has no authority to hear the case since it is a security offence under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, or Sosma.
Khairuddin and Chang were charged under Section 124L of the Penal Code, which upon conviction carries a jail term of up to 15 years.
However, procedures under Sosma will be used instead of the Evidence Act, as this is not considered a normal criminal proceeding.
Radziah gave the prosecution, led by deputy public prosecutors Masri Mohd Daud and Mohd Dusuki Mokhtar, until October 26 to get the attorney-general’s approval for the case to be transferred to the High Court.
Until then, both Khairuddin and Chang will remain in remand since security offence cases are not bailable. Read more