KUALA LUMPUR: Former Director General Hasanah Abdul Hamid of the Malaysian External Intelligence Organization (MEIO), who is accused of a breach of trust with government money, will have her case heard here at the High Court.
This is after the decision of High Court Judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah to allow the prosecutor's request to transfer the case from the Sessions Court. The defense did not object to the application.
The case management date in the High Court will be determined later and the case will be referred to the Sessions Court on March 21 to keep the court informed of the latest developments.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Muhd Ilmami Ahmad appeared for the prosecution, while Hasanah, who was represented by lawyer Shaharudin Ali.
On October 25, 2018, Hasanah pleaded not guilty of a breach of trust of RM50.4 million (US $ 12.1 million) with government money. When the crime was committed, she was the Director General of the Investigation Department of the Prime Minister's Department.
Hasanah is said to have committed the crime between April 30 and May 9 last year at her office in Putrajaya.
She is charged with Article 409 of the Criminal Code, which has a maximum prison sentence of 20 years, lashes and a fine on conviction.