High Court Decides Wednesday If Musa Aman Can Leave The Country

Musa Aman. – Gambar Kosmo

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Sabah chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman, who is facing 35 counts of graft, will know whether he will be able to leave the country for medical treatment on Wednesday (Jan 16).

The High Court’s Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan fixed Jan 16 to deliver his decision following an appeal by the prosecution against a Sessions Court’s decision that allowed Musa to have access to his international passport.

The passport was earlier surrendered to the court when he was charged on Nov 5 last year.

Earlier, the High Court heard submissions from DPP Datuk Salim Shoib, who said that Musa should not be allowed to leave the country for medical reasons alone.

“His right to medical treatment abroad became restricted when he became an accused, unless he can prove that the treatment can only be obtained overseas,” he said here on Tuesday (Jan 15).

Salim made his submissions during an appeal by the prosecution against a Sessions Court decision that allowed Musa to retrieve his international passport from the court to get medical treatment overseas.

Salim said there was no proof from Musa that the blood tests, electrocardiogram (ECG) and several other tests could not be done in Malaysia.

Lawyer Amer Hamzah Arshad, who represented Musa, said that his client had been receiving medical treatment abroad since 1996.

“He took a risk when he returned to Malaysia while still having treatment last August to cooperate with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission,” said Amer.

On Jan 7, Sessions Court judge Rozina Ayob allowed 68-year-old Musa to temporarily have access to his passport between Jan 15 and Feb 10 for medical reasons.

She also imposed several conditions, such as Musa to report to the Malaysian High Commission in London and Singapore once every three days during the duration he would be there between Jan 23 and Feb 8.