Cold hard cash allegedly linked to 1MDB brought into the country through KLIA to fund BN’s GE14 campaign is missing.
Investigators are hot on the trail of the US$12 million (RM49 million) said to belong to the government, but which allegedly found its way to the office of the Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation (MEIO).
The money was brought into the country all at once through the Kuala Lumpur International Airport sometime in mid-April, allegedly to fund GE14, according to the New Straits Times (NST).
Reportedly, authorities have strong grounds to believe that the money was linked to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
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Authorities are looking into how the huge stacks of cash could have been transported out of the source country and into Malaysia undetected. Also in the scope of their probe are those who handled the money from start to end.
This developing case has since led the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to arrest the former chief of MEIO Datuk Hasanah Abdul Hamid and her deputy, who is also a Datuk, as well as six other officers at their office.
“Investigators are still following the trail to establish where the huge sum of money is,” the NST was told.
Hasanah, 61, was remanded yesterday and will remain in MACC custody for five days.
She was picked up on Tuesday, a day after her deputy and the other six were remanded for five days, to help shed light on the missing millions.
It is understood that it was during these initial investigations that more details came up on the missing US$12million. This included the information that the missing amount was in US dollars.
Investigators are probing the individuals for abuse of power for personal gratification under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009.
Hasanah was serving in the division, which is formerly known as the Research Department, under the Prime Minister’s Department (PMD), until recently.
It was previously reported that security personnel at the Prime Minister’s Department allegedly took RM3.5 million in cash on the night of May 9, when they learned that Barisan Nasional (BN) was about to lose the election.
The money was said to be part of Umno’s election war chest.
At the time, the MACC arrested 17 security personnel in relation to the case, and subsequently made more arrests.
In the run-up to GE14, Hasanah had also written to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) urging the US to support then-prime minister Najib Abdul Razak’s administration if BN only secured a narrow victory in the election.
Hasanah later told reporters that the letter had nothing to do with Najib.
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