Lawyers representing ex-intel chief slam MACC

Lawyers for Hasanah Ab Hamid, former director-general of the Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation, say she can’t defend herself against allegations as she is under remand.

PETALING JAYA: The law firm representing a former intelligence chief and seven officers who served under her today slammed the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over statements which they claimed put their clients in a bad light.

Azam Aziz Shaharudinali & Co is also mulling legal action against the anti-graft agency.

In a statement, the law firm said the statements, which were published in the media, were completely “unnecessary and unwarranted”.

It also put their clients, they claimed, in a “position of public scandal, contempt and odium”.

“They were seen by us as a desperate tactic to sway public opinion to condemn and ridicule our clients prior to any possible criminal proceedings.”

At a press conference yesterday, the MACC said it had confiscated about US$4.07 million (RM16.7 million) from a Cyberjaya condominium, money linked to investigations into Hasanah Ab Hamid, former director-general of the Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation (MEIO).

MACC deputy chief commissioner Azam Baki also said they were investigating her for abuse of power.

Hasanah’s lawyers today said she could not effectively respond to these statements as she is under remand.

They also said they have been barred from seeing her.

The law firm went on to state that they were under instructions to study legal options open to their clients.

“We have not received instructions to proceed yet but we wish to put the relevant parties on notice, that all legal options against them are on the table.”

Hasanah was in the limelight after it was revealed that she had written a letter to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) before the May 9 general election, seeking support for the Barisan Nasional government.

She was arrested by the anti-graft agency earlier this week in connection with alleged misappropriation of government funds for the May 9 general election.

She is currently being remanded to facilitate investigations.