Alor Star High Court re­jects Phee's lawyers’ ap­pli­ca­tion against re­mand or­der

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The High Court here yes­ter­day turned down the ap­pli­ca­tion by lawyers for Pe­nang En­vi­ron­ment Com­mit­tee chair­man Phee Boon Poh for a re­vi­sion against his five-day re­mand or­der granted by the Ge­orge Town mag­is­trate’s court in con­nec­tion with an al­leged cor­rup­tion case.

The court also turned down the same ap­pli­ca­tion filed by lawyer Dev Ku­maraen­dran, who rep­re­sented a 70-year-old fac­tory man­ager and his 37-year-old son, who were also de­tained un­der the five-day re­mand or­der.

Judge Datuk Hashim Hamzah said af­ter tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion sub­mis­sions from the lawyers and Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) prose­cu­tor A. Hafi­izh Abu Bakar, he de­cided that the ap­pli­ca­tion should be filed in Ge­orge Town.

“The court hereby de­cides that the Ge­orge Town High Court is the right fo­rum to hear the ap­pli­ca­tion,” he said.

Ear­lier yes­ter­day, Dev and lawyers RSN Rayer and Ramkarpal Singh who rep­re­sented Phee, filed an ap­pli­ca­tion for the re­vi­sion.

On Satur­day, the Ge­orge Town mag­is­trate’s court granted a five­day re­mand or­der against Phee and the fa­ther and son duo to fa­cil­i­tate in­ves­ti­ga­tions into an il­le­gal car­bon fil­ter fac­tory in Sun­gai Lembu, Bukit Mer­ta­jam.

The re­mand or­der, which will end on Wed­nes­day, was is­sued by se­nior deputy reg­is­trar Ameera Mas­tura Khamis.

Phee is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by MACC un­der Sec­tion 23 of the MACC Act 2009 for abuse of power for grat­i­fi­ca­tion.

Ramkarpal had told news­men that the court or­der was “highly ir­reg­u­lar” and that he would file for a re­vi­sion to over­turn it at the High Court un­der the nec­es­sary pro­vi­sions of the Crim­i­nal Pro­ce­dure Code.

Ramkarpal was quoted as say­ing that he be­lieved the Alor Star High Court had ju­ris­dic­tion to hear the mat­ter.

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