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n. 1) in criminal law, the government attorney charging and trying the case against a person accused of a crime. 2) a common term for the government's side in a criminal case, as in "the prosecution will present five witnesses" or "the prosecution rests" (completed its case). (See: prosecute, prosecutor)

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PROSECUTION, crim. law. The means adopted to bring a supposed offender to justice and punishment by due course of law.
     2. Prosecutions are carried on in the name of the government, and have for their principal object the security and happiness of the people in general. Hawk. B. 2, c. 25, s. 3; Bac. Ab. Indictment, A 3.
     3. The modes most usually employed to carry them on, are by indictment; 1 Chit. Cr. Law, 132; presentment of a grand jury; Ibid. 133; coroner's inquest; Ibid. 134; and by an information. Vide Merl. Repert. mot Accusation.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Attorney General Tommy Thomas told the High Court today that the prosecution is formally closing its case after its 57th and final witness, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigating officer Senior Assistant Commissioner Rosli Hussain, stepped down from the witness box.
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The defence counsel had expressed dissatisfaction over the way and manner the prosecution counsel was conducting the trial in piece meal.
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The MoU contains nine articles that support cooperation in the identification and extradition of criminals, provision of evidence, tracking and confiscation of proceeds of crime, exchange of information on the judicial system, legislations, legislative activities and other specific methods of implementing international law and experience in the field of prosecution.
The Prosecution Academy will serve the training needs of the prosecution department for existing and newly recruited staff of the institution through a standard and structured mechanism.
The prosecution plays a critical role in technical and substantive issues and in linking the Police and investigations to the judiciary and court proceedings.
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