KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation (MEIO) director-general Datuk Hasanah Abdul Hamid’s criminal breach of trust (CBT) proceedings will be heard ‘in-camera’, the High Court confirmed on Tuesday.
The move comes a day after hearing submissions from both defence and prosecution by High Court Judicial Commissioner 5 October.
Allowing the prosecution’s hearing in camera, Judicial Commissioner Datuk Ahmad Shahrir Mohd Salleh said, “I believe the defence will not be prejudiced by this ruling. I allow the application for 11 witnesses to be heard in camera.
However, journalists and the public will not be allowed during the hearing
The 62-year-old Hasanah, who is alleged to have committed CBT by misappropriating RM50.4 million in funds belonging to the government, pleaded not guilty in October last year.
Hasanah, who was released on RM500,000 bail, was charged with misusing between April 30 and May 9 at her Prime Minister office.
According to reports, she may face at least 20-year prison, if she is found guilty under Section 409 of the Penal Code.
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