Prosecution objects to Na’imah’s challenge

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The prosecution has objected to an application by Toh Puan Na’imah Abdul Khalid to challenge the validity of the charge against her under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act.

The prosecution said there was no necessity for the Sessions Court to refer the constitutionality of Na’imah’s charge to the High Court as the application has no merit.

“The issue brought by Na’imah is not a constitutional matter and it does not violate any Articles in the Federal Constitution,” deputy public prosecutor Maziah Mohaide said in an affidavit-in-reply to claims made by Na’imah, 67, in her application.

“The right of an individual to a privilege against self-incrimination is not an absolute right under the law nor is it guaranteed under the Constitution,” she stated.

According to Maziah, Section 36 of the MACC Act 2009 is a provision that gives power to the MACC officer to obtain information for the purpose of investigation.

“This provision does not violate Article 5 of the Federal Constitution because when the applicant was given a notice under Section 36, she was not arrested nor detained. Therefore, to say there is a violation of Article 5 before trial is premature.

“The provision also did not violate Article 8 of the Federal Constitution because Section 36 is not only applicable to the applicant, it is also applicable to everyone else who is served with the same notice under this provision, whereby they would be facing the same procedure without discrimination,” she added.

Maziah said that Na’imah was treated equally before the law and there was no discrimination in the context of Article 8 when she was ordered to adhere to the notice under Section 36.

“MACC officers would have acted the same if there were other people investigated under the MACC Act 2009,” she said.

Article 5 of the Constitution provides for personal liberty while Article 8 touches on equality before the law.

During case mention yesterday, Sessions Court judge Azura Alwi fixed May 21 to hear an application filed by Na’imah.

The court also fixed May 9 for mention of a similar application filed by her husband Tun Daim Zainuddin on March 15.

DPPs Datuk Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin and Mohamad Fadhly Mohd Zamry appeared for the prosecution while Daim and Na’imah were represented by lawyer M Puravalen. – The Star