The Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur granting a full acquittal to Khairuddin Abu Hassan and Matthias Chang, who had been charged with financial sabotage for lodging overseas reports on the 1MDB issue, will not change anything in the scandal.
Khairuddin, 55, and Chang, 67, were charged in a magistrate’s court on Oct 12, 2015, with committing the offence between June 28 and Aug 26, 2015, at the Paris police station, Charing Cross police station in London, the Swiss attorney-general’s office in Bern, the WaiChan police station in Hong Kong and the Cantonment police headquarters in Singapore, the media had reported at the time of their arrest.
They were accused of sabotaging Malaysia’s banking and financial services, while the opposition said these were trumped-up charges.
Both faced up to 15 years in jail under Section 124L of the Penal Code, if convicted.
They were charged under Sosma for Section 124(L) for actions deemed detrimental to the country’s banking and financial services.
Many questions arises from the incredible accusations an the swift acquittal.
1MDB saga goes on!
But one thing is certain, the acquittal will not have any impact on what is going on about the 1MDB.
The case against the two former Barisan Nasional members rotated around the actions of Khairuddin made police reports about issues regarding 1MDB in 5 different countries.
Lawyer Matthias Chang, who represented former Batu Kawan Umno vice-chief Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan, who was also acquitted from the case was a former Mahathir Mohamad strong man.
He runs a blog that can be seen at: http://futurefastforward.com
Khairuddin is a former UMNO Batu Kawan deputy chief.