Ex-Spy Chief Hasanah Remanded Five Days

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Former Malaysian External Investigation Organisation (MEIO) director-general Datuk Hasanah Abdul Hamid was brought to the magistrate’s court in Putrajaya to be remanded.

The 61-year-old arrived at the court complex at 9am on Wednesday (Aug 29) in a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) vehicle.

Handcuffed, she was clad in the usual orange lock-up attire and wearing a purple tudung.

Hasanah was arrested at the MACC headquarters on 4.15pm Tuesday (Aug 28), after she had arrived to give a statement to the anti-graft body.

The New Straits Times reported yesterday that investigators took Hasanah into custody to assist in probes into the RM49 million allegedly syphoned from the government coffers.

She is being investigated under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009 for abuse of power for gratification.

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

They are administrative and diplomatic services (PTD) officers between Grade 44 and 48.

The men, aged between 34 and 49, were arrested by the MACC between 11.30am and 10pm on Monday.

Previously, Hasanah had courted controversy when it was revealed that she had written to CIA director Gina Haspel, appealing to the United States to support former premier Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s administration.

Several screenshots of the letter were leaked and went viral.


Earlier report: Aug 28, MACC Arrests Ex-Spy Chief of CIA Letter Fame