KUALA LUMPUR: The sessions court here has allowed former prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin the temporary release of his passport.
Judge Azura Alwi dismissed Muhyiddin’s application for the passport to be permanently returned, calling it premature.
Instead, she said Muhyiddin could apply for the temporary release of the document.
Muhyiddin’s lawyer K Kumaraendran told the court they hoped the Bersatu president could get his passport today, as he needed to renew it.
Kumaraendran added that they would return the document to the authorities before Jan 15.
Deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib said the prosecution had no objection to the temporary release of the passport.
Muhyiddin, who is facing money laundering charges involving about RM200 million, wanted to vary the conditions for his bail, including the permanent release of his passport.
He said he needed the document to go for a family holiday in London and a medical check-up in Singapore next month.
Muhyiddin’s passport was surrendered to the court after he was charged in March. He also posted bail of RM2 million.
Meanwhile, the court fixed Feb 15, 2024 as the next hearing date for the prosecution’s application to suspend Muhyiddin’s money laundering trial pending the appeal on Feb 28 to reinstate his abuse of power charge.
The court will also hear Muhyiddin’s bid to quash the money laundering charges.
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