KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic) has defended the use of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) 2012 on certain individuals as it facilitates investigations involving national security.
Zahid, who is also the Home Minister, said Sosma was a procedural law which allowed for the use of special measures to assist probes on any acts deemed a threat to national security.
"The offences can also be listed under Chapter 6 of the Penal Code that involves offences against the state and Chapter 6A, offences relating to terrorism," he said in a reply to Datuk Shamsul Anuar Nasarah (BN-Lenggong) during question time on Monday.
Shamsul Anuar had asked the Home Ministry to respond to allegations that Sosma has been abused when arresting certain individuals, including Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan.
Zahid also revealed a total of 123 individuals had been detained for links to suspected terrorism activities.
"From the total, 22 suspects were detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (2015), 38 suspects had been freed, 48 suspects had been charged in court, 14 repatriated and one suspect still under investigation.
"However, I have no intention to reveal the details as some cases are still under investigation," said Zahid.
Last week, former Batu Kawan Umno division vice-chairman Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan and his lawyer, Matthias Chang, were charged under Section 124L of the Penal Code, read with Section 34, for attempting to sabotage Malaysia's banking and financial systems.
They were initially arrested under Sosma to facilitate investigations.
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