Khairuddin did not mention Najib's name in 1MDB police report, High Court hears

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Former Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Habibi Majinji told the High Court on Wednesday (April 28) that Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan did not mention the name of any individuals, including former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in the police report lodged by him on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

When counsel Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla, who is representing Khairuddin, referred to the police report made by his client at the Dangi Wangi district police headquarters on Dec 12, 2014, Habibi, 46, agreed with the lawyer that in the police report Khairuddin only mentioned his suspicions on the governance of 1MDB.

"The police report was later referred to the Bukit Aman criminal investigation unit,” said Habibi when cross examined by Haniff on the third day of the hearing of Kharuddin’s lawsuit against former inspector-general of police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and seven other individuals over his wrongful detention under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) before Judicial Commissioner Quay Chew Soon.

Mohamed Hanif: Do you, agree that Khairuddin also uploaded comments on the 1MDB issue to his Facebook account but did not mention any individuals, including Najib.

Habibi: Agree.

Habibi, as the third defendant in the lawsuit, also agreed with the suggestion of Haniff that media reports on the statement of former attorney general Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail on setting a special team to investigate the 1MDB issue did not refer to any parties.

He also agreed with the lawyer’s suggestion that Najib had issued a statement which alleged that money entering his personal account was a wild accusation meant to sabotage the government.

Earlier, when reading out his witness statement, Habibi said he allowed the application of Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Organised Crime Investigation Unit investigating officer Asst Supt C. Muniandy to extend Khairuddin’s detention for 28 days under Sosma for the purpose of further investigation under Section 124K and Section 124L of the Penal Code.

"I was satisfied with the detention extension application for Khairuddin as Muniandy needed witnesses and documents to carry out investigations into the case,” said Habibi, who is now Sabah contingent headquarters Management Department deputy director, when replying to a question by senior federal counsel, Andi Razalijaya A. Dadi.

In May 2018, Khairuddin filed a lawsuit with Asst Supt Wan Aeidil Wan Abdullah and Muniandy, both investigating officers at the Bukit Aman CID Organised Crimes Investigation Unit, the Dang Wangi deputy OCPD Supt Habibi Majinji and Khalid named as the first to fourth defendants.

Also named as the fifth to eighth defendants were deputy public prosecutor Datuk Masri Mohd Daud, senior federal counsel Awang Armadajaya Awang Mahmud, former attorney general Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali and the Government of Malaysia.

Khairuddin also claimed that he was detained by the authorities on Sept 18, 2015, under Section 124C of the Penal Code and on Sept 23 in the same year after he was released, the plaintiff was arrested again under Sosma and was in detention before being charged at the Magistrate’s Court here under Section 124L of the same act for attempting sabotage of the country’s banking and financial services.

On the whole, the plaintiff was detained for 60 days at Sungai Buloh Prison and on May 12, 2017, the court announced that the prosecution would not proceed with the charge against the plaintiff and Khairuddin was released and freed from the charge.

The plaintiff alleged that the actions of all defendants in detaining and prosecuting him in court were done in bad faith and violated his right to liberty under the Federal Constitution besides alleging that his reputation and image as a politician had been tarnished.

The court set May 28 for case management to set a date for the resumption of the hearing. - Bernama

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