Khairuddin wins suit against ex-IGP, awarded RM300,000 in damages

Khairuddin wins suit against ex-IGP, awarded RM300,000 in damages

KUALA LUMPUR: Politician Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan was today awarded RM300,000 in damages by the High Court for his unlawful detention seven years ago.

High Court judge, Quay Chew Soon allowed Khairuddin’s suit against former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, former Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali and six other individuals over his detention under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma).

“I allow the plaintiff’s claim for unlawful detention and award damages of RM300,000. But I dismiss the plaintiff’s claim for malicious prosecution,“ Quay said when delivering today’s decision via the online proceeding.

Lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla represented Khairuddin, as the plaintiff, while senior federal counsel Andi Razalijaya A. Dadi appeared for the eight defendants.

Besides Khalid and Mohamed Apandi, the six others named as defendants were ASP Wan Aeidil Wan Abdullah and ASP C. Muniandy, both investigating officers at the Bukit Aman Classified Crime Investigation Unit; Dang Wangi deputy police chief Supt Habibi Majinji, deputy public prosecutor Datuk Masri Mohd Daud, senior federal counsel Awang Armadajaya Awang Mahmud and the government of Malaysia.

Khairuddin, who filed the suit in May 2018, claimed that he was detained by the authorities on Sept 18, 2015 under Section 124C of the Penal Code and on Sept 23 the same year. After being released, he was rearrested under SOSMA and was in custody before being charged in the Magistrate’s Court under Section 124L of the same act on charges of attempting to sabotage the country’s banking and financial services. – Bernama