Hasanah arrives at court for remand hearing

PUTRAJAYA: Former intelligence head Hasanah Ab Hamid arrived at the Magistrate’s Court here this morning accompanied by officers from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

She arrived at the court compound at about 9.10am dressed in orange lock-up attire and wearing a purple tudung.

She was brought to court to obtain a remand order to facilitate investigations under Section 23 of the MACC Act for the abuse of power.

The application for remand was presented to magistrate Khir Nizam Jemari.

Hasanah was arrested by the MACC last night, reportedly in connection with alleged misappropriation of government funds for the May 9 general election.

A deputy director-general with a “Datuk” title and six administrative and diplomatic officers at the Prime Minister’s Department were earlier remanded for five days to assist in the investigation into the matter.

Hasanah entered the limelight after it was revealed that she had written a letter to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) before the election, seeking support for the Barisan Nasional government.

Hasanah, who headed the Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation (MEIO), an intelligence unit under the Prime Minister’s Department, said the letter to CIA director Gina Haspel was considered a state secret.

According to Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun, police have questioned several MEIO officers, including those stationed in Washington, as part of the probe into the leak.