The attorney-general (A-G) has rejected former Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation (MEIO) director-general Hasanah Abdul Hamid’s representation on her criminal breach of trust (CBT) case involving RM50.4 million in government funds.
The matter was disclosed by deputy public prosecutor Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad during case management before Judicial Commissioner Ahmad Shahrir Mohd Salleh at the Kuala Lumpur High Court today.
Iskandar also told the court that Hasanah has appointed a new team of lawyers to represent her in the case.
Lawyer Hamdan Hamzah, representing Hasanah, confirmed the matter and said several documents pertaining to the case have been handed over to the new team through his client.
Hasanah, through her lawyer, filed the written representation on January 14.
The court set March 23 for the next case management and 11 days in October from 5, 6 and 8; 12 to 15; and 19 to 22 for the trial.
On October 25, 2018, Hasanah pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court to a CBT charge involving US$12.1 million (RM50.4 million) belonging to the Malaysian government.
Hasanah, in her capacity as a civil servant, is alleged to have committed the offence at the office of the director-general, Research Division, Prime Minister’s Department (JPM), Kompleks JPM, Federal Government Administrative Centre in Putrajaya between April 30 and May 9, 2018.
The charge was framed under Section 409 of the Penal Code, which provides for imprisonment of up to 20 years, whipping, and a fine on conviction.