Former Malaysia DPM Zahid Hamidi arrested by anti-graft agency

(CNA) – Malaysia’s former deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was arrested by the country’s anti-graft agency on Thursday (Oct 18).

He faces several charges linked to the alleged misappropriation of funds from a welfare foundation that he chairs.

Dr Ahmad Zahid is also the president of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO). He has been called in to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) several times for questioning.

In a statement, MACC saidDr Ahmad Zahid was arrested at 3.15pm at the agency’s headquarters in Putrajaya.

It added that he faces several charges under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 and the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.

He will be charged on Friday at 8am at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court.