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Malaysian ex-spy chief in the docks for stolen $12m election money

AFTER months of coming under scrutiny from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, the former head of the covert Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation (MEIO) has been charged with criminal breach of trust involving US$12 million (RM50.4 million). Hasanah Abdul Hamid, the former Director-General of the MEIO, was charged at the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur over the funds meant to be used for the historic general elections in May, which saw the downfall of the long-ruling Barisan Nasional coalition. The former civil servant was an ally of embattled former Prime Minister Najib Razak who was booted from office over corruption allegations. She is accused of stealing the funds in her capacity as the DG of the MEIO while she was entrusted with the money. SEE ALSO: Ex-Malaysian PM Najib rearrested over $681mil Saudi ‘donation’ The funds which she allegedly pocketed, reportedly belonged to Umno, the lynchpin party of the coalition led by Najib that...

 

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