Govt withdraws travel ban on former AG Apandi

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Attorney General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali is free to leave the country, after the government withdrew the restriction place on him from leaving.

Following the withdrawal, Apandi withdrew the application he filed for a judicial review against the Immigration Department director, Home Minister and the government.

Today (May 30) had been fixed for a hearing to obtain leave for the judicial review in challenging the travel ban before High Court judge Justice Mariana Yahya.

Lawyer M. Visvanathan, who represented Apandi, told reporters that the Immigration Department had informed them of the decision to lift the ban in a letter dated May 8.

The court did not make any order as to costs.

Federal Counsel Istisyhad Ismail who represented the respondents confirmed that a letter dated May 8 was issued to lift the ban.

In March, Apandi filed the application for a certiorari order to quash the travel ban that barred him from renewing his passport.

He also sought a declaration that all the respondents had no jurisdiction to bar him from leaving the country and sought a court order to restrain the respondents from blacklisting him from leaving and entering the country.

He also sought declaration that the travel ban against him violated Article 5(1), Article 8 and Article 9 of the Federal Constitution, and was therefore unconstitutional, null and void.

In his supporting affidavit, Apandi said he went to the Immigration Department in Jalan Dutamas on Feb 22 to renew his passport for his travel to the United Kingdom this July to visit his son who was studying there.

He claimed that while at the department, he was informed verbally by an officer that he could not apply or renew his passport.

He claimed that he was not given any explanation on the matter.


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