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 saw a shock defeat in the May 9 elections. The prosecution alleged the offence took place while she was in the office of the department in Putrajaya, the federal administrative capital, between Apr 30 and May 9. The offence, under Section 409 of the Penal Code, carries a maximum 20 years jail, whipping and fine, according to the New Straits Times. ... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Malaysian ex-spy chief in the docks for stolen $12m election money, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Malaysian ex-spy chief in the docks for stolen $12m election money





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Published By: ASIAN CORRESPONDENT - Thursday, 25 October, 2018



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