Ex-spy agency chief Hasanah released from MACC remand

PUTRAJAYA: Former spy agency chief Datuk Hasanah Abdul Hamid has been released from Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission MACC (MACC) remand on Monday (Sept 3).

Prosecutors from the anti-graft body had applied for her release, and was granted by magistrate Nik Muizzuddin Nik Muhammad.

The prosecutors had earlier applied for the former director-general of Malaysian External Investi­gation Organisation (MEIO) to surrender her passport to the MACC and a deposit of RM50,000 be paid.

However, her lawyers Datuk Shaharuddin Ali and Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz argued that it was suffice for their client to surrender her travel documents.

"There is no justification for a payment of a deposit. Our client has given her word that she will cooperate, should investigators decide to call her again," said Khairul Azam.

Hasanah was remanded for six days to allow the MACC to investigate into alleged misappropriation of funds meant for the 14th General Elections.

In total, nine people have been arrested in connection with the case.

Previously, MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki was reported to have said that US$12mil (RM49mil) of government funds were allegedly misappropriated.

Crime , Hasanah Abdul Hamid , MACC