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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 12, 2016:

The High Court here has fixed Feb 24 for the next mention of the case involving former Batu Kawan Umno deputy chief Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan and lawyer Matthias Chang, who were charged with an attempt to commit sabotage against the country’s banking services.

High Court judge Datuk Azman Abdullah set the date pending the prosecution’s appeal over an earlier decision that the charge against the duo did not fall under the ambit of Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma).

Following that ruling, they were released on RM10,000 bail each in one surety.

When the case came up before Azman this morning, deputy public prosecutor Mohd Masri Daud asked the court for another re-mention date pending their appeal at the Court of Appeal.

“We have yet to prepare the petition while waiting for the appeal record,” he said.

The duo were represented by counsel Haniff Khatri Abdulla and Zainur Zakaria.

Khairuddin was arrested under Sosma on Sept 23 last year while his lawyer, Chang, was detained several days later on Oct 8 after visiting the former at the Dang Wangi police station.

Subsequently, the duo were charged on Oct 12, 2015 at the magistrate’s court under Section 124 (L) of the Penal Code, read together with Section 34 of the same Act.

They allegedly attempted to commit sabotage against the country’s banking and financial services between June 28 and Aug 26 last year in several locations including police stations in Paris, Switzerland, Hong Kong, London and Singapore.

The offence carries a maximum jail sentence of 15 years if convicted.

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