Black and red bags moved out of floor housing ex-spy chief's office, court shown


KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Several officers of the research division of the Prime Minister's Department (JPM) were seen pulling black and red bags and suitcases in and out of the floors housing the offices of former Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation (MEIO) director-general Datuk Hasanah Abdul Hamid (pic) and her deputies.

This was based on several closed-circuit television (CCTV) clips from 163 CCTV files screened for almost one hour at the High Court here on Wednesday (April 7) during the trial of Hasanah, who allegedly committed criminal breach of trust involving US$12.1mil (RM50.4mil) when she was director-general of the division.

Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Ahmad Farid Ahmad Kamal played the CCTV recordings during his examination-in-chief of Badri Azni, 37, an investigating officer at the Technological Forensic Division of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters.

The recordings showed several men moving the luggage via the lifts on levels one and seven and car porch of Block B4, JPM on April 30 and May 9,2018.

However, the court was not told of the contents of the luggage.

When asked by Hasanah's lawyer Muhammad Ashraff Mohd Diah during cross-examination on whether the accused was seen in the hundreds of files shown in court on Wednesday, Badri, the eighth prosecution witness, said: "No.”

Another witness Norrashid Mahmud, 59, a former auxiliary policeman at the Prime Minister's Department, said he could recognise all the individuals seen in the CCTV recordings.

"They are administrative and diplomatic officers at Block 4, JPM (research division), ” the ninth prosecution witness said during examination-in-chief by DPP Mohd Fairuz Johari on the sixth day of the trial.

When reading out his witness statement, Norrashid said he knew all the officers and staff in the division because he worked there for more than 20 years before retiring on Oct 20 last year.

On Oct 25,2018, Hasanah, 64, pleaded not guilty to a charge that as a civil servant, the director-general of Research of the Prime Minister’s Department, she committed criminal breach of trust involving US$12.1mil (RM50.4mil) belonging to the Malaysian Government.

She is alleged to have committed the offence at the director-general’s office, research division, Prime Minister’s Department, Kompleks JPM, Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan in Putrajaya between April 30 and May 9,2018.

The charge under Section 409 of the Penal Code provides for a jail term of up to 20 years, and whipping and fine on conviction.

The hearing before Judge Datuk Ahmad Shahrir Mohd Salleh resumes on Monday (April 12).

However, the media and members of the public will not be allowed in court from April 12 to 16, as 11 prosecution witnesses will be giving evidence in camera involving issues of national security.

In camera (legal term for "in chambers") is when testimony is given without the presence of the public or others unrelated to the case.- Bernama

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