5-day remand for ex-spy boss Hasanah

MOHD HUSNI MOHD NOOR

PUTRAJAYA: Former Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation (MEIO) chief Datuk Hasanah Abd Hamid has been remanded for five days to assist in probes into alleged misappropriation of general election funds.

The remand order, under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009, was issued by Magistrate Shah Wira Abdul Halim following an application by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

She was arrested yesterday at the MACC headquarters here and was produced in court for the remand process this morning dressed in MACC's lockup attire with her hands cuffed.

The 61-year-old was taken into custody to assist in probes into RM49 million allegedly siphoned from the government’s coffers meant for the 14th General Election (GE14).

Hasanah headed MEIO which was formally known as the Research Department of the Prime Minister's Department.

On Monday, police arrested Hasanah’s deputy, along with six others, from the same office, in relation to the missing millions.

They were administrative and diplomatic services (PTD) officers between Grades 44 and 48.

It was learnt that her arrest followed the MACC investigators’ initial questioning of the seven.

Prior to her arrest, Hasanah presented herself at the MACC headquarters here to have her statement recorded.

She was recently embroiled in a controversy surrounding a letter sent to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), headquartered in Langley, Virginia, supposedly urging Washington to back Barisan Nasional (BN) in the event of a slim victory in the last polls. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd