Ex-spy chief seeks ruling on detainee’s right to access lawyer

MACC arrested Hasanah on Aug 28 and remanded her for five days. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: A former Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation (MEIO) director-general, who is under probe by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), has filed a constitutional challenge on her right to consult lawyers while in remand.

Hasanah Abdul Hamid said Sections 28(8) and 28(9) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) violated her right when she was held by MACC for questioning.

She is seeking a declaration that the provisions in the CPC are against Articles 5(3) and 8 of the Federal Constitution with regards to the right to legal representation and equality respectively.

Hasanah is also asking for costs and other relief deemed fit by the court.

Her lead counsel Shaharudin Md Ali told reporters that High Court judge Azizah Nawawi will hear the complaint on Sept 24.

Earlier, case management was held in the judge’s chambers in the presence of Hasanah’s lawyers, Shaharudin and Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz, and senior federal counsel Norzilati Izhani Zainal @ Zainul.

MACC arrested Hasanah on Aug 28 and remanded her for five days. She was released yesterday.

The agency is investigating the former spy chief and seven other intelligence officers for alleged misappropriation of up to US$12 million (RM49 million) believed for the use of the Barisan Nasional during the May general election.

FMT understands that MACC is looking for another 20 people, including money changers, to assist it in the case.

It is seeking information on the source of the money and who was responsible for converting part of the dollar currency into ringgit.