"The charges against Khairuddin and Chang under s.124 and the wrongful application of SOSMA to s.124 are both a deliberate misunderstanding of the law, and an abuse of the law for purely political purposes. As simple as that.
"One very important point needs to be understood: these overseas authorities do not act on reports that are frivolous and lacking in merit.
"The Swiss authorities would not freeze tens of millions unless they were satisfied there was at least a prima facie case. The Monetary Authority of Singapore, likewise. Hence if (it) is shown that Khairuddin and Chang's reports had merit, the sin against them is even greater.
"Two men have been deprived of their liberty for several weeks, for absolutely no valid or legal reason.
"That should deeply trouble us all, as Malaysians. The issue is a fundamental one.
"What has happened to us?”
THE new Attorney General, (Tan Sri) Mohamed Apandi Ali, and, by extension, the government of Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Mappadulung Daeng Mattimung Karaeng Sanrobone) Mohd Najib Abdul Razak, suffered a major setback in court today.
The Kuala Lumpur High Court disallowed the use of Security Offences (Special Measures) 2012 against two staunch critics of 1MDB – the former vice-chief of the Batu Kawan Umno division (Datuk Seri) Khairuddin Abu Hassan and his lawyer, Matthias Chang Wen Chieh, and ordered their release.
They were charged under the anti-terrorism legislation allegedly for allegedly sabotaging the Malaysian economy.
|Free on bail: Chang (left) and Khairuddin are heroes to many|
“As such, procedures under Security Offences (Special Measures) 2012 could not be applied on them," he said.
Mohd Azman said the two could not be denied bail and Sosma procedures could not be used in their trial.
He ordered Khairuddin and Chang to be released on RM10,000-bail and ordered their trial to commence in the Sessions Court.
|Mohamed Apandi flanked by his wife and (Tan Sri) Lee Lam Thye - The Star|
On October 12, Khairuddin and Chang were charged with attempted sabotage of the Malaysian economy and the country's financial and banking system.