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Court Of Appeal frees ex-CLP exam director
By adamCreated Thursday, May 27th
PUTRAJAYA: Former Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP) examination director Khalid Yusoff walked out a free man today after the Court of Appeal acquitted and discharge him on two counts of cheating and falsifying the results of the CLP examination.
Justice Datuk Hasan Lah who led a three-member bench ruled that both the Sessions Court and High Court had erred in their findings that the prosecution had proven its case beyond reasonable doubt on both charges against Khalid.
He said the defence had succeeded in raising a reasonable doubt and that Khalid’s conviction was not safe.
Hasan and justices Datuk Ahmad Maarop and Datuk Sulaiman Daud unanimously allowed Khalid’s final appeal to set aside the conviction and three months jail imposed on him by the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court on July 31, 2007.
“Justice has been done, the truth has prevailed. They (his lawyers) have done a good job”, Khalid, 58, a former dean of the Universiti Teknologi Mara law faculty, told reporters after the decision.
His wife and family members shed tears of joy. Khalid was also in tears as he embraced his counsel, Jagjit Singh and Akbardin Abdul Kader.
Khalid, now a freelance legal advisor, was alleged to have altered the results of the CLP examination for financial benefit at the Legal Profession Qualifying Board office in Menara Tun Razak, Jalan Raja Laut, between August and September 2001.
He was alleged to have deceived the board into believing that the examination master list contained marks given by examiners.
His appeal to the High Court against his conviction and sentence was dismissed on April 20 last year.