Crime & Courts

Muhyiddin's defence may file appeal after Muhyiddin's abuse of charges reinstated

PUTRAJAYA: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's defence team may file an appeal at the Federal Court after the Court of Appeal (CoA) today allowed the prosecution to reinstate four abuse of power charges against the former prime minister.

Counsel Datuk Hisyam Teh Poh Teik said this after a panel of three judges led by Justice Datuk Hadhariah Syed Ismail ordered the case to be remitted to the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court.

"We will study the laws and procedures carefully. A decision will be made within the next 14 days.

"We will appear before the Sessions Court on March 4 for further direction," he said after the proceedings.

Hisyam said they were disappointed with the CoA's decision.

"The basic issue in this case is whether Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia is an associate under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act.

"We contended it is not but the prosecution contended otherwise.

"The prosecution relied on meanings defined in dictionaries whereas we rely on statute words found in the MACC Act," he said.

Earlier, the panel, which included Datuk Azmi Ariffin and Datuk S.M Komathy Suppiah, granted the prosecution's application to set aside a High Court's decision to acquit and release the 76-year-old last year.

On Aug 15 last year, High Court judge Datuk Muhammad Jamil Hussin struck out the case linked to Jana Wibawa programme, ruling that all the four charges were defective and in bad faith.

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