PUTRAJAYA: The use of security laws against former Batu Kawan Umno division vice-chairman Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan and his lawyer Matthias Chang is not an abuse of power, said the Attorney-General.
Tan Sri Mohd Apandi Ali said the Special Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) 2012 covered security offences but was not limited to terrorism and terrorists.
Its use in the case has been questioned by certain parties as being an abuse of government powers, he said, referring to accusations made by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and six former Cabinet members.
He said Khairuddin and Chang were charged under Section 124 (L) of the Penal Code and not Sosma, which was only a procedural law to facilitate investigations and prosecution.
Mohd Apandi said Sosma was aimed at terrorism and offences against the country but could be extended to the fight against organised crime, human trafficking and more.
“The list can be extended as necessary,” he added.
He said the Attorney-General’s Chambers wanted to make the clarifications to prevent any more misleading statements regarding the provisions used.
“However, the AGC is not at liberty to divulge any facts pertaining to the case as the matter is pending before the court,” said Mohd Apandi.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar also said the detention of Khairuddin and Chang under Sosma was lawful.
He said the two were being investigated under the Penal Code, but the procedure to carry out the investigation came from Sosma.
Asked if Tun Mahathir would be investigated for making the accusations. Khalid said: “Don’t drag the police into politics, please.”
However, he said that if a police report were to be lodged against the veteran politicians, “then we will investigate”.
Khalid was speaking to reporters after presenting Vehicle Theft Reduction Council appreciation letters to police personnel at the Sime Darby convention centre in Bukit Kiara.
On Monday, Khairuddin and Chang became the first ever persons to be accused of trying to sabotage Malaysia’s banking and financial services.
They were charged with jointly committing the offences at the Paris Police Station; Charing Cross Police Station, London; Switzerland Attorney-General’s office, Bern; Wai Chan Police Station, Hong Kong; and Cantonment Police Headquarters, Singapore, between June 28 and Aug 26.