KUALA LUMPUR - Former Batu Kawan Umno vice-chief Datuk Seri Khairuddin Hassan has been detained under Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) to facilitate investigations into sabotage and attempt to sabotage.
Lawyer Muhammad Rafique Rashid Ali said Khairuddin was detained for 28 days for alleged offences under Section 124K of the Penal Code which deals with sabotage and 124L for attempting to sabotage the state.
Khairuddin will be kept in detention at the Dang Wangi police headquarters until Oct 21.
"He is in high spirits, calm, cool and collected. He has given specific instructions to his team of lawyers - all six of us - to challenge the detention," said Muhammad Rafique.
He said Khairuddin was willing to co-operate with the police since he lodged a report against 1Malaysia Development Berhad on Dec 12 last year following reports in national and international media pointing to flaws in the company's management of taxpayers' funds.
Earlier yesterday, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Noor Rashid Ibrahim confirmed Khairuddin's detention under Sosma.
"On the 21st day, we will forward the investigation papers to the Deputy Public Prosecutor for further instructions, but there is also a possibility that we may complete the investigations earlier," he told reporters at the Bukit Aman mosque.