MACC to call Hishammuddin, two Saudi princes for statements?

PUTRAJAYA: A lawyer has claimed that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) could send the former Defense Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and two Saudi sovereigns a statement about the alleged misappropriation of funds intended for the 14th general elections (GE14) by government intelligence officers .

It was reported that Datuk Shaharuddin Ali, the lawyer who represented the former director of the Malaysian External Intelligence Service (MEIO), Director General Datuk Hasanah Abdul Hamid, claimed that he requested in the proceedings to extend the pre-trial detention for his client to the court of the magistrate of Putrajaya, here, today the MACC was also looking for two Saudi Arabian princes to help with investigations.

Hasanah had withdrawn five days from Wednesday. Shaharuddin said the MACC applied to extend her detention for another seven days.

He said, however, that the court only allowed an extension of the day. Her pre-trial detention, which would expire today, would now end tomorrow.

Shaharuddin added that the MACC in the application submitted nine reasons to extend the pre-trial detention against Hasanah.

One of the reasons was that the commission wanted to trace the balance of the money and various luxury watches that were not found, apart from wanting to trace the movements and overtaking the home of his client.

"There is also the issue of bringing home three people who are probably involved in the case of Abu Dhabi.

"What is surprising is that Datuk's name was named Seri Hishammuddin as someone who could investigate MACC on the issue of Datuk Hasanah and seven other MEIO officers, who said they could call him soon.

"We told the court that five days (pre-trial detention) are sufficient. The progress of this investigation is slow and this can not be placed on the shoulder of Datuk Hasanah," he said.

He also said that Hasanah had given her testimony to the court stating that she was carrying out her duties as Director General of MEIO under the government of Malaysia and denied Hishammuddin and the involvement of the two Saudi Arabian princes in the case.

the sun is in the process of contacting MACC on the claim that Hishammuddin would soon be engaged.

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