Two Aker Engineering officials acquitted as High Court rules charges defective

March 7, 2023

Dateline 2022-12-23, The Edge:

The High Court on Friday (Dec 23) allowed the discharge and acquittal of two senior executives of Aker Engineering Malaysia from the respective charge they faced under the Companies Act 2016 and the Penal Code.

In allowing the striking-out application, judge Datuk Muhammad Jamil Hussin ruled that the charges brought against the company’s senior deputy president Ahmad Hatta Kamaruzzaman and director Mohd Yusof Ab Rahman, while not mala fide (made in bad faith), were defective.

In the case of Ahmad Hatta, 51, who was charged with misleading the Registrar of Companies, the judge said this was not a crime and that the prosecution was confused by the provisions of the Companies Act 2016.