Ex-intel chief Hasanah remanded five days over abuse of election funds

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KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 29): Datuk Hasanah Abdul Hamid, formerly director-general of Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation (MEIO), has been remanded for five days to assist in investigations into misappropriation of government funds for the recent 14th general election (GE14).

According to Bernama, the remand order was issued by Magistrate Shah Wira Abdul Halim against Hasanah, 61, under Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 for abuse of power and using office position for personal gratification, which carries a maximum of 20 years of imprisonment if convicted.

She was brought to the magistrate's court in handcuffs and orange coloured lockup attire, at 9.08am, the report said.

Hasanah was arrested after she had her statement recorded at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters here at 4.15pm yesterday.

The MACC said initial investigations revealed that her case is involved with seven other senior officials for abusing the funds for personal purposes.

Of the seven, one is a deputy director-general of the research division of the Prime Minister’s Department, while the rest are administrative and diplomatic service officers in Grades between 44 and 48.

Yesterday, it was reported that the MACC had secured a five-day remand order against seven senior government officers, believed to be Hasanah’s former officers from the MEIO, for alleged misappropriation of election funds of millions of ringgit.

Bernama reported that the actual amount of the funds that were misappropriated had yet to be ascertained.