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Azalina: 293 sex crime cases against children filed at special court

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 293 cases have been filed at the Special Court for Sexual Crimes Against Children since its establishment on June 22 this year, Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said told Parliament Tuesday (Oct 23).  
The Minister in the Prime Minister's Department said 84% or 248 of these cases were disposed of over a three-month period.  
She said the court was equipped with a Court Recording Transcription (CRT) system, as well as an audio-visual system and a children's witness room to expedite court proceedings.
"The special infrastructure is very important as it ensures that cases being heard are done fast and effectively," she said during the question and answer session in the Dewan Rakyat.  
Azalina also said that information on cases involving sex crimes against children were not classified under the Official Secrets Act 1972.  
However, she said Section 15 of the Child Act 2001 provided restrictions on media reporting and publication of news that could reveal the identity of any child involved.
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