3 senior MACC officers detained in corruption probe believed linked to ex-spy chief

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Bukit Aman says no reports of alleged theft.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has confirmed that three of its senior officers had been detained to assist investigations into allegations of abuse of power and misconduct in the case of a former head of department of the commission.

MACC in a statement today said that the commission will conduct a thorough investigation and it hopes that all quarters would refrain from speculating on the matter as it would affect the investigation.

“All the three individuals were remanded under Section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code for six days from Sept 14 to yesterday.

“The MACC will not compromise or protect any of its officers involved in any criminal act and will take appropriate action if found to be true,” said the statement.

Recently, a blogpost revealed that the MACC had detained three officers in connection with the alleged counterfeiting of US$6 million (RM25 million) seized from former Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation director-general Hasanah Abd Hamid three years ago.

The post claimed that when Hasanah went to retrieve her money, she found only a portion of the cash was left, and the rest had been replaced with fake notes.

However, CID director Abd Jalil Hassan said in a statement that he has yet to receive any police report regarding the alleged abuse of power and misappropriating of funds.

“Do not spread fake news on social media. The police have yet to receive any reports on the alleged incident,” he said.

In April, Hasanah was given a discharge not amounting to an acquittal (DNAA) by the high court in a criminal breach of trust case involving RM50.4 million in government funds after the prosecution withdrew its case against her, telling the court that a new development had been uncovered.

Previously, the former spy chief pleaded not guilty to criminal breach of trust involving US$12.1 million belonging to the Malaysian government at the Sessions Court on October 25, 2018.

She was alleged to have committed the offence in her capacity as a civil servant at the office of the director-general of the research division of the Prime Minister’s Department in Putrajaya between April 30 and May 9 that year.