Missing GE14 funds: 17 PMO security guards released on bond

The security guards were placed under remand since Aug 8. (Bernama pic)

PUTRAJAYA: The 17 security guards from the Prime Minister’s Department have been released after being remanded to assist investigations into the misappropriation of RM3.5 million in funds for the 14th General Election (GE14).

Magistrate Nadhirah Abdul Rahim allowed 15 of them to be released today on Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) bond.

Two others were released on Friday, also on MACC bond. They were all placed under remand since Aug 8.

The 15 security guards involved were taken to the Putrajaya Magistrate’s Court this morning in a bus escorted by officers from the anti-graft agency.

The guards were reported to have been detained while they were giving their statements at the MACC headquarters, here, between 2.45pm and 3.15pm on August 7. They were investigated under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009.

The guards included a grade 52 security officer while the rest were grade 11 to 38 security guards aged between 31 and 51 years.

MACC is also looking to meet former prime minister Najib Razak regarding his claim that the money belonged to Umno.