By Hafiz Yatim | The Edge Markets

Lawyers representing Aker Engineering Malaysia Sdn Bhd manager Ahmad Hatta Kamaruzzaman, who is facing a cheating charge, have filed a representation letter to the Attorney General’s Chambers.

A representation letter is where the accused seeks the AG to either drop or reduce a charge the person is facing. The letter was filed yesterday.

Following this, the scheduled hearing today of the preliminary objection raised by Ahmad Hatta’s lawyers over the legality of the charge faced by Ahmad Hatta — a charge which they claimed is groundless — was postponed, pending the AGC’s response to the letter.

The AGC, which sought for the adjournment, needed time to consider Ahmad Hatta’s application, Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Sophian Zakaria told the court.

Sessions Court judge Azura Alwi allowed the adjournment then fixed Sept 20 for the parties to come back and inform the court on the AGC’s decision. Ahmad Hatta is represented by Amer Hamzah Arshad and S. Devanadan, who also confirmed that the letter had been sent.

Ahmad Hatta, who is also a manager at Aker Solutions Malaysia, which is headquartered in Norway, was charged on June 11 for allegedly, as an agent of the company, making false representations regarding the ownership of one of its Malaysian units, in order to win licences from Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas).

He was accused of submitting documents aimed at misleading Petronas’ subsidiary Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd, that one of Aker’s subsidiaries was qualified as a Bumiputera-owned company, when it was not.

Ahmad Hatta is alleged to have committed the offence on Aug 7, 2018. He has claimed trial to the charge, which was framed under section 417 of the Penal Code. If convicted, he can be jailed for up to five years, or fined, or both.