Khairuddin bid to set aside economic sabotage charge

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Source: NST Online

Khairuddin Abu Hassan has filed a legal bid to quash his charge of attempting to sabotage the nation's economy . Pic by Yazit Razali

Khairuddin Abu Hassan has filed a legal bid to quash his charge of attempting to sabotage the nation’s economy . Pic by Yazit Razali

KUALA LUMPUR, 3 Feb 2016: Former Batu Kawan Umno division vice-chairman Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan has filed a legal bid to quash his charge of attempting to sabotage the nation’s economy.

Khairuddin, through his counsel Fahmi Abd Moin, filed the application at the Kuala Lumpur High Court Registry at 9.30am this morning.

Khairuddin, 54, claimed that the charge was defective because it was greenlighted by Attorney-General (AG) Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali, whose validity of appointment the applicant (Khairuddin) disputed.

Khairuddin claimed that Apandi’s appointment to replace then-AG Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail on July 27 last year was illegal and contrary to the requirements of Article 145(6) of the Federal Constitution. On Oct 12 last year at the magistrate’s court here, Khairuddin and lawyer Matthias Chang Wen Chieh, 65, claimed trial to trying to sabotage Malaysia’s banking and financial industry.

Khairuddin and Chang allegedly committed the offence in five countries – France, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Hong Kong (China) and Singapore – between June 28 and Aug 26, last year.

Khairuddin and Chang, 65, faced a maximum 15 years’ jail if found guilty of the sabotage attempt under Section 124L of the Penal Code.

On another matter, Khairuddin today had also filed a separate legal action to reverse Apandi’s Jan 26 decision to clear Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak of any wrongdoing in the RM2.6 billion donation and SRC International’s RM4 billion loan. Khairuddin’s counsel Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla filed the judicial review at the Kuala Lumpur High Court Registry around 10.30am.