Senior MACC officer pleads not guilty to stealing RM29 million seized cash

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A senior officer of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today pleaded not guilty to the charge of misappropriating RM29 million worth of items seized by the agency.

Shahrum Nizam Baharuddin, 41, was composed when he made the plea after the charge was read during open-court proceedings before the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court this morning.

Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court judge Suzana Hussin set February 18 for case mention.

Shahrum is accused of committing criminal breach of trust (CBT) at MACC headquarters in Putrajaya between December 17, 2018, and April 9, 2019.

Under section 409 of the penal code, the offence is punishable by up to 20 years in jail, whipping and fine.

According to the prosecution, Shahrum is currently serving out a two-year detention for drug-related offences under the Dangerous Drugs Act (Special Preventive Measures) at the Simpang Renggam Prison.

Mohd Fikah Sanusi (front) and Ponnusamy Kalaichelvan, lawyers representing MACC senior enforcer Shahrum Nizam Baharuddin.

Shahrum’s lawyer, Ponnusamy Kalaichelvan asked the judge to exercise her discretion under section 388 of the criminal procedure code to allow his client bail.

Ponnusam said there is no flight risk as Shahrum is married with two children and suffers a slipped disc and nose cancer.

The prosecution said Shahrum had committed a serious crime.

It added that Shahrum will later also be hit with 101 fresh money laundering charges.

The accused was denied bail.

In September, three MACC senior officers were detained to assist in investigations into allegations of power abuse and malfeasance in the case of ex-spy chief Hasanah Abdul Hamid.

In April the Kuala Lumpur High Court granted the ex-director of the Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation a discharge not amounting to an acquittal of a CBT charge involving RM50 million of government funds.

The case was withdrawn due to new developments.

Her cash and belongings were seized by MACC in 2018.

It was reported that Hasanah had claimed the seized money but found RM29 million missing and replaced with counterfeit notes.

Earlier report:

Jan 3, MACC officer to face charges over alleged RM25m theft