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KUALA LUMPUR – Former Batu Kawan UMNO vice-leader Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan has withdrawn his habeas corpus application to challenge his detention under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (SOSMA) 2012.

High Court judge Kamardin Hashim allowed the withdrawal of the application after Khairuddin’s lawyer, Mohamad Hanif Khatri Abdulla, informed the court that the application was academic now that his client had been charged in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday with attempting to sabotage Malaysia’s banking and financial services.

He told the court that Khairuddin was charged under Section 124L of the Penal Code.

“As such, the habeas corpus application has become academic. Therefore, I request the application to be withdrawn,” he added.

Deputy public prosecutor Mohd Dusuki Mokhtar, representing Dang Wangi deputy police chief Supt Habibi Majinji; Dang Wangi District Police Chief; Inspector-General of Police and the government, the respondents named in the application, did not object to it.

The court had fixed today to hear the application which was filed by Khairuddin last Sept 28.

In the application, Khairuddin sought a court order that his detention via a notice under Section 4(5) SOSMA 2012 dated Sept 24 which was issued by Habibi and carried out under the supervision of the Dang Wangi Police Chief at the Dang Wangi District Police Headquarters, Dang Wangi, Kuala Lumpur is not valid and null and void.

He also applying for a writ of habeas corpus to be issued by the court so that he is freed immediately from detention, as well as other relief deemed just and appropriate by the court.

Khairuddin submitted the application on the contention that his detention did not comply with the provisions of SOSMA 2012, was malicious and mala fide and an afterthought by the respondents.

The husband to actor Umie Aida claimed that his detention was an abuse of the legal process for wrongly using SOSMA 2012 when his actions were not at all related to terrorist activities.

Khairuddin was rearrested under SOSMA 2012 last Sept 23 at the Jalan Duta Court Complex after his remand order under Section 124C of the Penal Code expired.

Prior to that Khairuddin was remanded since Sept 19 under Section 124C of the Penal Code for trying to carry out activities deemed detrimental to parliamentary democracy.

However, yesterday, Khairuddin and lawyer Matthias Chang Wen Chieh were charged in the Magistrate’s Court with attempting to sabotage Malaysia’s banking and financial services.

They were alleged to have committed the offence at five locations between June 28 and Aug 26 this year. – BERNAMA

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