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Digital forensic analyst overlooked item in exhibits


KOTA KINABALU: A digital forensic analyst had overlooked an item when inspecting exhibits in the Lahad Datu intrusion case that were received from a police constable, the High Court here heard today.

CyberSecurity Malaysia senior analyst Tajul Josalmin Tajul Ariffin said he did not realise that he had excluded a memory card in an Exhibit Handling Form when registering the receipt of eight handphones from Constable Muhammad Hasrol Kuszaini Azman.

“I realised about the SD card (memory card) on Sept 9, 2013 when I was informed of it by digital forensic operations manager Fauzi Mohd Darus,” he said.

Tajul Josalmin said this under cross examination by counsel Majnah Abdillah in the trial of 30 individuals linked to the intrusion by Sulu gunmen at Kampung Tanduo, Lahad Datu in February 2013.

The witness disagreed with the counsel who said that he (Tajul Josalmin) did not see the memory card in one of the handphones, saying that he had only overlooked to register the item in the Exhibit Handling Form.

Majnah pointed out that the witness had testified during examination-in-chief and that he was the person who had registered the memory card in the Exhibit Handling Form.

Earlier during examination-in-chief, Tajul Josalmin said a handwritten entry in an Exhibit Handling Form was not made by him, but by Fauzi.

To a question by deputy public prosecutor Jamil Aripin, Tajul Josalmin explained that the item entered by Fauzi was for an exhibit that he did not include in the Exhibit Handling Form.

“At the time of registering the exhibits, I had overlooked the said exhibit and Encik Fauzi realised (the omission of the exhibit in the form) when I handed the exhibits to him,” said Tajul Josalmin.

In the dock are 27 Filipinos and three local residents who are facing one to multiple charges of being members of a terrorist group and waging war against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

They are also alleged to have recruited members for a terrorist group or wilfully harboured individuals they knew to be members of a terrorist group.  The offences were allegedly committed between Feb 12 and April 10, 2013.

The hearing before Justice Stephen Chung at the Sabah Prison Department continues tomorrow.- BERNAMA


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