MACC to question Hishammuddin over ex-intel chief’s case, says lawyer

Former intelligence chief Hasanah Ab Hamid (in orange) being escorted out of court by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission officers.

PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will question former defence minister Hishammuddin Hussein as part of its probe into former intelligence chief Hasanah Ab Hamid, her lawyer revealed.

“They said they will most likely question Datuk Hishammuddin soon,” Shaharudin Ali told reporters when met outside the Putrajaya magistrates’ court.

The anti-graft agency is investigating her for alleged abuse of power.

Hasanah, who came into the limelight over a leaked letter from her to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) seeking Washington’s support for Najib Razak at the height of the May general election campaign, was arrested last Tuesday.

MACC has since seized cash worth over US$6.3 million from a condominium unit in Cyberjaya.

The anti-graft body had also arrested a deputy director-general with a “Datuk” title and six administrative and diplomatic officers (PTD) at the Prime Minister’s Department.

This morning, the MACC obtained a one-day remand for Hasanah. She had been initially remanded for five days on Aug 29.

Shaharudin said the MACC had sought for Hasanah to be remanded for another seven days on the grounds they wanted to trace more money related to the case.

The graft-busters, according to Shaharudin, also wanted to trace several watches and repatriate three individuals they believe were linked to the case.

“What came as a surprise was that Datuk Seri Hishammuddin was among the names mentioned by the MACC of individuals they want to question in their probe into Hasanah and seven intelligence officers.

“But Hasanah has denied Datuk Seri Hishammuddin’s involvement in the matter.”

Shaharudin also said the MACC sought to remand his client for another week, as they wanted to trace two Saudi royals who had been linked to the case.

“But I don’t know how they are going to accomplish this.”

Hasanah, he added, has also denied the involvement of the two Saudi royals.

The MACC, he added, wanted to know about Hasanah’s movements in and out of the country.

“But my client stresses that whatever she did, it was in her capacity as the intelligence chief,” he said.