Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Khairuddin files DOJ docs in support of judicial review against AG

Hafiz Yatim     Published     Updated

Former Batu Kawan Umno division vice-chief Khairuddin Abu Hassan has filed the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) lawsuit documents in support of his judicial review application against attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali.

Khairuddin's lawyer Mohd Haniff Khatri Abdulla confirmed that an affidavit was filed on Monday, together with the 136-page report of the US court action as an exhibit.

He said the affidavit was served on the Attorney-General's Chambers the same day.

"This is the first time that a US court action by the DOJ is making its way to the Malaysian shores," Haniff said outside the court in Kuala Lumpur today.

Khairuddin's application will be heard on Friday on whether leave (permission) can be obtained to initiate a full court proceeding.

Apart from Khairuddin, former de facto law minister Zaid Ibrahim and the Malaysian Bar have also filed separate actions against Apandi for his decision to clear Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

When Zaid's application for leave was heard last July 29, his lawyers, former Federal Court judge Gopal Sri Ram and Americk Sidhu, submitted that the public expects an AG to act honestly in upholding the law, without fear of powerful national and local figures.

Haniff explained to reporters that the affidavit was filed to further strengthen the argument that Khairuddin has the locus standi (legal standing) to initiate the application for judicial review.

He said what is related in the DOJ court documents regarding the movement of money correlated with reports that Khairuddin had filed elsewhere.

The lawyer added that they have also written to the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur to certify the DOJ documents.

 On the US civil forfeiture action, Haniff questioned why the Malaysian authorities, namely the AG, have not taken similar action.
“My client is an interested party with the legal standing to initiate the action, as he is directly affected due to a court charge he is facing,” Haniff said.
It was reported that Khairuddin had filed reports in Hong Kong, Singapore, Switzerland, France and the United Kingdom. However, he was arrested just before leaving for the US to lodge another report there.

Khairuddin is facing a charge of disrupting financial institutions following the reports he lodged against 1MDB in those countries.

The Malaysian Bar's application for leave will be heard on Aug 25, the same day Justice Hanipah Farikullah is expected to deliver her decision on Zaid's application.

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