Muhyiddin seeks review of CoA decision to overturn power abuse acquittal

KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has applied to the Court of Appeal (CoA) to review its decision to overturn a High Court ruling acquitting him of four abuse charges.

According to a report by FMT, the application was filed through law firm, Chetan Jethwani and Company in the Court of Appeal registry in Putrajaya yesterday.

The application was supported by an affidavit in which the Pagoh member of Parliament said the CoA's decision was an "illegality".

He said it did not fall within the jurisdiction conferred by Section 50(1) of the Courts of Judicature Act.

Muhyiddin is seeking leave under Rule 105 of the Rules of the Court of Appeal to review the High Court's decision last month.

The Perikatan Nasional chairman also wants the CoA to restore the High Court ruling in the interest of justice.

The report stated that a copy of the cause papers has been served on the prosecution.

On Feb 28, the appellate court allowed the prosecution's appeal to reinstate four abuse of power charges against Muhyiddin in connection to the Jana Wibawa programme.

A three-member panel led by Justice Datuk Hadhariah Syed Ismail also set aside the High Court's decision to acquit and release the 76-year-old.

She said that the learned high court judge had erred in law when he ruled that the four charges did not disclose any offence known to law.

On March 10 last year, Muhyiddin was charged with four counts of using his position as prime minister and Bersatu president between March 1, 2020 and Aug 20, 2021 to obtain bribes amounting to RM232.5 million from three companies.

Subsequently, Muhyiddin applied to quash the charges under Section 23 (1) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act.

On Aug 15, High Court judge Datuk Muhammad Jamil Hussin struck out the case, ruling that all four charges were defective.

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