Lawyer, aide re­manded for five days

New Straits Times - - News -

PUTRAJAYA: A 44-year-old lawyer and his 29-year-old le­gal as­sis­tant were re­manded yes­ter­day to as­sist in an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the pur­chase of a lux­ury ho­tel in Lon­don by Felda In­vest­ment Cor­po­ra­tion Sdn Bhd (FIC).

The five-day re­mand or­der, which be­gan yes­ter­day, was is­sued by mag­is­trate Muhamad Sa­fuan Azhar at the Putrajaya mag­is­trate’s court.

Mean­while, the re­mand or­der against for­mer FIC chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Zaid Ab­dul Jalil, had been ex­tended for an­other four days start­ing to­day.

He was ar­rested on July 31 by MACC and re­manded on Aug 1.

All three are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated un­der Sec­tion 16 of the MACC Act 2009.

On June 22, two se­nior of­fi­cials of two com­pa­nies were re­manded for six days in con­nec­tion with the probe.

The two men — a 36-year-old prop­erty unit head of a postal ser­vice com­pany and a 45-yearold di­rec­tor of an as­set con­sult­ing com­pany — were sus­pected of hav­ing ma­nip­u­lated the price and prop­erty val­u­a­tion of the ho­tel.

Mean­while, three sus­pects who were re­manded last week to as­sist in MACC’s probe into FIC’s pur­chase of an­other ho­tel in Kuch­ing have been re­leased on a RM200,000 bail.

Two of the sus­pects, aged 47 and 51, were di­rec­tors of a com­pany ap­pointed as an agent to carry out the pur­chase in 2014. They were de­tained on July 30.

The other sus­pect, 57, was ar­rested at the Kuch­ing MACC of­fice at 1.30pm the same day. He was a di­rec­tor of a com­pany that owned the ho­tel in ques­tion.

PIC BY ABD RAHIM RAH­MAT

The lawyer and his le­gal aide be­ing led out of the mag­is­trate’s court in Putrajaya yes­ter­day.

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