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Khairuddin Withdraws Habeas Corpus Application Challenging Sosma Detention

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KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan has withdrawn his application to challenge his detention under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma).

The former Batu Kawan Umno vice-chief had filed a habeas corpus application on Oct 2 questioning his detention for 28 days.

High Court judge Justice Kamardin Hashim later struck out Khairuddin’s bid after counsel Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla told the court that his client would like to withdraw the application.

Haniff said the application would be academic as his client is now being detained in Sungai Buloh prison and no longer at the Dang Wangi police station.

In the notice of motion which was filed, Khairuddin, 53, had named Dang Wangi deputy police chief Supt Habibi Majinji, the Dang Wangi OCPD, the Inspector-General of Police and the Government as respondents.

He was seeking a court order that his detention via a notice under Section 4(5) of the Act, dated Sept 24, issued by Supt Habibi and executed under supervision of the Dang Wangi OCPD was null and void.

He had also asked the court to order his immediate release.

Khairuddin was arrested by police at his home in Mont Kiara on Sept 18 and remanded the next day under Section 124C of the Penal Code for allegedly trying to commit acts detrimental to parliamentary democracy.

He was released from remand on Sept 23 after a court order but was rearrested outside the Jalan Duta court complex.

On Monday, Khairuddin and his lawyer, Matthias Chang were charged in the session’s court with attempting to sabotage Malaysia’s financial and banking systems.

They face a maximum of 15 years in jail of found guilty.

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