Appeals related to Khairuddin, Chang’s sabotage case

Source: The Malay Mail Online

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 18 ― The Court of Appeal has fixed November 2 to hear two appeals relating to a charge faced by former Batu Kawan Umno division vice-chief Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan and lawyer Matthias Chang for attempting to sabotage the country’s banking and financial services.

The court’s deputy registrar Fatin Khazin set the date when the case came up before her for case management in chambers today.

Khairuddin’s lawyer Zainal Narudin, who was present during the proceeding, said one of the appeals was the prosecution’s appeal on a High Court order of releasing both Khairuddin and Chang on bail.

The other is Khairuddin’s appeal on the validity of Section 50 (3) of the Courts of Judicature Act 1964 which allows the prosecution to appeal to the Court of Appeal without obtaining leave.

Zainal said the Court of Appeal would tomorrow hear Khairuddin’s appeal over a High Court’s dismissal of his bid to strike out his sabotage charge which he (Khairuddin) had applied for on grounds the Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali did not have the authority as attorney-general when he instituted the charge against Khairuddin.

Also present at the case management proceeding were lawyer Mohd Akmal Afiq Mohamad for Chang and deputy public prosecutor Dhiya Syazwani Izyan Mohd Akhir for the prosecution.

Khairuddin, 54, and Chang, 66, were charged under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA), with attempting to sabotage Malaysia’s banking and financial services at five locations between June 28 and Aug 26 last year.

The locations were the office of the France Economic and Financial Crimes Division chief in Paris; Charing Cross police station, London, United Kingdom; office of the Switzerland Attorney-General in Bern; Wan Chai police station, Hongkong; and Cantonment police headquarters, Singapore.

Both faces up to 15 years’ jail under Section 124L of the Penal Code, read together with Section 34, upon conviction.

On November 18, 2015, the High Court allowed Khairuddin and Chang to be released on bail of RM10,000 each in one surety and ordered them to surrender their passports to the court.

The two were released on bail after the High Court ruled that the charge they faced was not a security offence and it did not fall under SOSMA. Offences under SOSMA are non-bailable. ― Bernama

Court upholds sabotage charge against 1MDB critic

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Datuk Khairuddin Abu Hassan, formerly from Umno, and his lawyer Matthias Chang were charged on October 12 with attempting to sabotage the country’s economy, financial and banking system after lodging reports against 1MDB with foreign authorities. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, April 13 — A High Court today rejected an application by Datuk Khairuddin Hassan to set aside the criminal charges against him for lodging reports abroad against 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

High Court judge Datuk Nordin Hassan in his ruling said the court had no jurisdiction to decide on matters pertaining to the appointment of Attorney-General (AG) Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali, which Khairuddin had raised in his application.

The judge pointed out to the court that the AG’s appointment is the decision of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

“In line with that, seeing as the application was about the appointment (of the AG), the preliminary objection is allowed,” Nordin said, referring to objections raised by the public prosecutor against Khairuddin’s application.

“The application is rejected,” the judge added. Read more

Rang undang-undang MKN buka jalan kepada rampasan kuasa terbalik, kata peguam

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Peguam Matthias Chang mendakwa, perdana menteri boleh mengisytiharkan darurat dan menggunakannya untuk tidak mengadakan pilihan raya umum. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Seth Akmal, 18 Disember, 2015.

Rang undang-undang Majlis Keselamatan Negara (MKN) yang menjadi kontroversi ketika ini membuka jalan kepada sebuah “reverse coup d’etat” (rampasan kuasa terbalik) di mana kerajaan boleh mengawal tentera supaya ia dapat terus berkuasa selama-lamanya, peguam Matthias Chang memberi amaran malam ini.

Beliau yang merupakan salah seorang pengkritik Datuk Seri Najib Razak mendakwa, perdana menteri boleh mengisytiharkan darurat dan menggunakannya untuk tidak mengadakan pilihan raya umum.

“Satu-satunya matlamat undang-undang ini ialah untuk membolehkan satu ‘reverse coup d’etat’ dilakukan. Hujah undang-undang dan bantahan kita terhadapnya tidak relevan,” kata Chang yang sebelum ini ditahan di bawah undang-undang anti keganasan.

“Ini modus operandi kerajaan dan mereka tidak kira sama ada ia menyalahi undang-undang atau bertentangan dengan perlembagaan.

“Di bawah rampasan kuasa biasa, tentera mengambil alih kerajaan. Tetapi dengan undang-undang ini, tentera diambil alih dan digunakan kerajaan,” kata Chang pada sebuah forum mengenai rang undang-undang MKN di Kuala Lumpur malam ini. Read more