THE Kuala Lumpur sessions court has allowed former prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (picture) the temporary release of his passport.
However, Sessions Judge Azura Alwai earlier rejected an application by Muhyiddin’s lawyer for the passport to be returned permanently, saying the defendant has to return the passport before Jan 15 next year.
Free Malaysia Today reported Muhyiddin’s lawyer Datuk K Kumaraendran told the court they hoped the Bersatu president could get his passport today, as he needed to renew it.
Deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib said the prosecution had no objection to the temporary release of the passport.
Muhyiddin is currently facing charges of abusing his power as prime minister between Feb 8 and Aug 20, 2021 in connection with the Jana Wibawa programme by seeking to obtain RM232.5 million for Bersatu.
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 — TMR