KOTA KINABALU: Shafie Apdal, the Parti Warisan Sabah president, is free to contest the 14th general elections.
The High Court here on Tuesday dismissed an application to reject Shafie’s nomination as candidate for GE14, with Judge Azhahari Kamal Ramli saying that there was no merit to the case.
Azhahari made the judgement in chambers after hearing arguments from both sides, and ordered the applicant to pay a dismissal cost of RM10,000 to each respondent.
Mohd Ainal Fattah, a lawyer by profession, as well as Semporna Umno committee member had filed an application for judicial review on April 17 to compel the former rural and regional development minister to return funds related to rural projects in Sabah.
Ainal also applied for a mandamus order on the Election Commission (EC) to reject Shafie’s candidacy for GE14 until RM7.5bil in Federal allocations alleged to have gone missing during his time as minister was returned.
He named the EC and Shafie as first and second respondents respectively.
Douglas Lind and Chung Jiun Dau, Shafie’s lawyers, told reporters that the court struck out the case and dismissed the application as Mohd Ainal had no standing and that there was no merit to the case.
Chung said the case was also struck out because it was frivolous and vexatious.
“They did not even produce an affidavit for this case,” he added.
The allegations made are also irrelevant with the Election Offences Act, he said.
Shafie was not present for the hearing. He is currently in Semporna where he is campaigning for Warisan candidates.
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