MACC summons 4 more in Daim probe as lawyer slams ‘heavy-handedness’

The anti-graft agency is criticised for allegedly barring lawyers from accompanying their clients during questioning.

(FMT) – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today summoned four individuals in relation to its investigation into former finance minister Daim Zainuddin.

The lawyers representing the four, however, criticised the commission after they were barred from accompanying their clients during questioning.

Lawyer Rajesh Nagarajan described MACC’s decision to prohibit entry to the lawyers as “oppressive, unlawful, and high-handed”.

“In particular, one of the lawyers representing the individual was with the client in the interview room when suddenly MACC officers rushed in and forced the lawyers to leave.

“MACC thus prevented us from representing and advising our clients,” Rajesh said in a statement to FMT.

When questioned, the MACC officers allegedly told the lawyers that it was “an order from a higher-up”, he said.