4-day remand for Tabung Haji COO

Tabung Haji chief operating officer Adi Azuan.

PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has obtained a four-day remand order for Tabung Haji chief operating officer Adi Azuan, to facilitate investigations into claims that he received corrupt money.

Magistrate Shah Wira Abdul Halim granted the order under Section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code to allow the investigation agency to complete its probe.

Shaharudin Ali, who appeared for Adi, said his client was investigated under Section 17A of the MACC Act for allegedly accepting bribes from an agent.

MACC had asked for a seven-day remand but Shaharudin pleaded for three days only.

“There is a possibility of the remand being extended when my client is produced before the magistrate on Sunday,” he told reporters.

Investigators can be given up to 14 days to hold suspects in order to complete their probes.

Shaharudin said Adi was detained at the MACC headquarters here at 3pm yesterday after questioning by anti-graft officials.

It is believed that his arrest was in connection with MACC’s probe into the use of Tabung Haji’s interior decorator contractor to build wardrobes at his house.

The police are also investigating Tabung Haji over the alleged misappropriation of funds.

It was reported last month that Tabung Haji had lodged two police reports against its former chairman, Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, former CEOs Ismee Ismail and Johan Abdullah, as well as senior management staff.

The senior staff members are Adi, chief financial officer Rozaida Omar, legal adviser Hazlina Mohd Khalid and senior general manager for corporate services and real estate Rifina Md Ariff.