MACC chief Shukri Abdull has denied a lawyer's claim that the commission wants to question former defence minister Hishammuddin Hussein over the alleged misappropriation of funds by government intelligence officers.
“No, I was not informed. My officers did not tell me. So, I guess it is not true,” he was quoted as saying by The Malaysian Insight.
Shukri said this in response to Shaharudin Ali – the lawyer of Former Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation director-general Hasanah Abdul Hamid – who claimed earlier today said the MACC wanted to question Hishammuddin and two Saudi princes.
According to Shaharudin, this was raised when the MACC applied to extend their remand on his client by seven days.
“What is shocking are two things: Hishammuddin’s name was mentioned as among the people who may be investigated by MACC in relation to Hasanah and seven other MEIO officers. So, they said they are interviewing Hishammuddin soon.
“The MACC also said they are tracing two Saudi princes. I have no idea how these people are involved. I’m made to understand that MACC wants to do all these in the seven days that they’ve asked for...
“Hasanah has denied that Hishammuddin and the two Saudi princes are involved in any way in this case,” the lawyer told reporters outside the Putrajaya Magistrate's Court earlier today.
The MACC only received a one-day remand extension on Hasanah.
She was arrested by the commission on Aug 28, and was slapped with a five-day remand the following day.
This is in relation to the alleged misappropriation of US$12 million in funds by government intelligence officers, for which she and seven other officers were arrested.