Khairud­din, Chang ac­quit­ted

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: For­mer Batu Kawan Umno vice-chair­man Datuk Seri Khairud­din Abu Has­san and lawyer Matthias Chang were yes­ter­day ac­quit­ted in their state eco­nomic sabotage case.

In free­ing them, Ses­sions Court judge Wan Mohd Nor­isham Wan Yaakob said he al­lowed the pros­e­cu­tion’s de­ci­sion to with­draw the charge and also the de­fence ap­pli­ca­tion for a full ac­quit­tal.

“Yes­ter­day, the pros­e­cu­tion said they were not pur­su­ing the case in the in­ter­est of jus­tice and fair­ness, and re­quested both the ac­cused be given a dis­charge not amount­ing to an ac­quit­tal and gave no other rea­son.

“The de­fence submitted that a full ac­quit­tal should be given to the ac­cused as with­out one, the pros­e­cu­tion could charge them later and it would be like hav­ing a dag­ger over their heads.”

He or­dered the two’s bail money and pass­ports be re­turned.

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