Police arrest senior MACC officer in US$6 mil cash switch probe

Suspect remanded 4 days over drugs, firearms charges, says Bukit Aman

The police will summon three senior officers from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) who were previously remanded for six days to complete an investigation into the loss of case items involving US$6 million (RM25 million).

Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department director Abd Jalil Hassan said his department would also call the owner of the money, former Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation director-general Hasanah Abdul Hamid.

“All of them will be called to complete the investigation,” he told Bernama today (Sept 23).

The Vibes reported one of the three senior Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers quizzed over misappropriation involving US$6 million (RM25 million) in evidence money has been arrested and is being probed on firearms and drug possession charges, police said.

Criminal Investigation Department director Datuk Seri Abd Jalil Hassan, in a statement, confirmed that two investigation papers have been opened into the senior MACC officer.

He said the probes were opened under Section 8(a) and Section 36 of the Firearms Act 1960 and Section 12(3) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

Jalil added that the suspect has been remanded for four days beginning yesterday until September 25 for further investigation.

Former Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation director-general Hasanah Abdul Hamid. Photo: Bernama

Yesterday, Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin was reported to have said that the police had opened an investigation paper based on a police report received on the issue.

On Monday, MACC confirmed that three of its senior officers had been remanded for six days to assist in the investigation into allegations of abuse of power and malfeasance.

Meanwhile, Jalil said the extradition process for cosmetics entrepreneur Muhammad Sajjad Kamarul Zaman or Nur Sajat from Thailand is still ongoing between the Attorney-General’s Chambers and the Thai authorities.

“Yes, it is still ongoing, and the (extradition) application is part of the process,” he said.

He was commenting on allegations that the Thai authorities had not received any application for the extradition of Sajjad, 36, who was detained by the Thai Immigration Department for having an invalid passport.

Sajjad is wanted in the country for several criminal offences, including intimidation and obstructing civil servants from carrying out their duties, as well as name and gender change fraud.

An arrest warrant was issued against him for failing to appear at the Shah Alam Shariah High Court in Selangor for re-mention over a charge of dressing up as a woman.

BERNAMA

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