Troubled star Michael Jackson's next court date is poised to be a very private event - Santa Barbara, California, District Attorney Tom Sneddon is planning a military-scale operation to keep the press away.

Insiders claim Sneddon will give grand jury witnesses in Jackson's ongoing child molestation case just four hours notice of when they are to appear.

The DA will then arrange for the witnesses to be picked up at a secret location in the Santa Barbara area, from where they'll be whisked off to the top secret hearing.

The young accuser and his family will be taken to the hearing separately under a huge security presence.

30/03/2004 09:46