Ex-intel chief’s CBT case to be heard next February

Former Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation director-general Hasanah Abdul Hamid.

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court today fixed 15 days, from Feb 3 next year, to hear the case of former Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation director-general Hasanah Abdul Hamid, who is charged with criminal breach of trust involving RM50.4 million belonging to the government.

Judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah set the dates – Feb 3 to 7, Feb 10 to 14 and Feb 17 to 21, 2020 – when the case came up for case management today.

He also fixed May 25 this year for further case management.

Earlier, Hasanah, 61, represented by lawyer Shaharudin Ali, claimed trial to the charge after it was read out to her again.

Deputy public prosecutor Mahadhir Mohd Khairudin said he would be calling 15 to 20 witnesses.

Hasanah was charged, in her capacity as a civil servant, with committing the offence at the office of the director-general, Research Division, Prime Minister’s Department, Putrajaya, between April 30 and May 9 last year.

The charge, under Section 409 of the Penal Code, carries a maximum jail term of 20 years, whipping and a fine, upon conviction.