Identification case exhibits in Hasanah’s CBT trial postponed

08 Oct 2020 / 19:50 H.

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here was told that the identification of monies and luxury watches seized in the criminal breach of trust case of former Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation (MEIO) director-general Datuk Hasanah Abdul Hamid could not be done today.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Ahmad Farid Ahmad Kamal said the prosecution’s first witness, namely Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Assistant Superintendent Muhammad Nizhar Kadi was supposed to identify the case exhibits, however, the items which were kept in a safe, could not be presented in court today, as the person in charge was not around.

On the first day of the trial two days ago, the prosecution informed the court that the first witness of the prosecution would be called again today to identify the case exhibits.

Muhammad Nizhar in his testimony on Tuesday said the MACC had conducted the operation codenamed ‘Ops Dinar 2’ to investigate allegations that some officers in the Research Division of the Prime Minister’s Department had misappropriated millions of ringgit in government funds and kept them in several locations.

He said under the operation, the MACC seized US$ 4.07 million in cash from the Shaftsbury Residence in Cyberjaya and a bag containing RM220,000 in cash in Kuala Terengganu on Aug 30, 2018.

Meanwhile, Deputy Public Prosecutor Muhammad Iskandar Ahmad in his opening speech on Tuesday said the prosecution would prove that Hasanah had committed CBT involving US$ 12.1 million (RM50.4 million) in funds, some of which was used to purchase six luxury watches.

On Oct 25, 2018, Hasanah, 62, pleaded not guilty to the charge of committing the offence between April 30 and May 9 at her office in the Prime Minister’s Department Complex in Putrajaya.

Hasanah is charged under Section 409 of the Penal Code which provides for a maximum jail term of 20 years and whipping and a fine upon conviction.

The trial before Judicial Commissioner Datuk Ahmad Shahrir Mohd Salleh continues Oct 12. — Bernama

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