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UPSR Leak: Teacher Acquitted Of OSA Charge

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KUALA KANGSAR: P. Uma Mageswari was a relieved woman after she was acquitted of a charge under the Official Secrets Act 1972 at the Sessions Court here.

The 27-year-old, who worked in SJKT Keruh in Pengkalan Hulu for over three years now hopes to be reinstated into her school.

“I want to go back to teaching. I would like to thank my lawyers who guided me throughout the trial. I was afraid but they instilled some bravery in me.” she said to reporters after Judge Niran Tan Kran explained his decision to acquit her.

The judge said the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case against the accused and after 20 days, the sessions court decided to acquit her of the charges.

Uma was represented by M. Kulasegaran and Augustine Anthony while N. Jayanthi prosecuted.

On Nov 27, 2014, Uma pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to her before Sessions judge Johari Hassan.

She was charged under Section 8(1)(c)(iii) of the Official Secrets Act 1972, which provides a jail term of between one and seven years.

Uma was accused of committing the offence between Sept 9 and 10, 2014, during the leak of several UPSR question papers by keeping several pages of the Science paper in her smartphone.


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