De­ci­sion to charge wife not a blan­ket order, says MACC

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PU­TRA­JAYA: The de­ci­sion to pros­e­cute the wife of a man found guilty of graft is not a blan­ket order, Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) deputy chief com­mis­sioner (op­er­a­tions) Datuk Azam Baki said yes­ter­day.

Azam, who was re­spond­ing to a re­port that wives can be charged if they hide their hus­bands’ cor­rupt ways, said the mat­ter would be dealt with on a case-by-case ba­sis.

“It’s on a case-by-case ba­sis. The wife will have to go through our in­ves­ti­ga­tion pro­ce­dures to as­cer­tain that she is not in ca­hoots with her hus­band sus­pected of cor­rup­tion.

“The in­ves­ti­ga­tion pro­ce­dures re­main un­changed,” he added.

MACC chief com­mis­sioner Datuk Dzulk­i­fli Ah­mad made headlines at a Berita Har­ian fo­rum on Mon­day when he said that wives could be charged with of­fences un­der the Anti-Money Laun­der­ing Anti-Ter­ror­ism Fi­nanc­ing And Pro­ceeds of Un­law­ful Ac­tiv­i­ties Act 2001 (AMLATFAPUAA 2001) should they hide any cor­rup­tion in which their hus­bands might be in­volved.

Quot­ing an ex­am­ple of a gov­ern­ment of­fi­cer found guilty of stash­ing mil­lions in his house, he said the wife of the sus­pect would be hauled up for ques­tion­ing.

Dzulk­i­fli’s state­ment sparked an out­cry among Ne­ti­zens.

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