Ahmad Zahid Hamidi Has Been Arrested And May Be Slapped With Graft Charges Tomorrow

He is expected to be charged tomorrow.

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UMNO president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has been arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) earlier today, 18 October

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According to New Straits Times, the former Deputy Prime Minister was arrested at 3.15pm at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya after obtaining clearance from the Attorney-General's Chambers. 

News reports indicate that Ahmad Zahid is expected to be slapped with charges related to MACC's investigation into abuse of power, criminal breach of trust, and money laundering tomorrow, 19 October

New Straits Times reported that he will be brought to the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court at 8am tomorrow, where he will be facing several charges under the MACC Act 2009 as well as the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (AMLATFAPUAA) 2001.

In a dramatic twist of events, Ahmad Zahid is also reported to have rejected a bail bid and will be spending the night in MACC's lockup instead

Ahmad Zahid arriving at MACC Headquarters earlier today.

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"The lawyer had offered to arrange for him (Zahid) to be bailed but he declined. So he will stay here until tomorrow," Zahid's wife Datin Seri Hamidah Khamis said at MACC headquarters today, as quoted by New Straits Times

The UMNO chief has been under investigation for allegedly misappropriating funds from welfare foundation Yayasan Akalbudi, which he is a chairman of

According to The Star, MACC is reportedly looking into claims that RM800,000 worth of funds from the foundation had been used to pay off Ahmad Zahid and his wife's credit card bills

Aside from Ahmad Zahid, who has been called in for questioning several times since 3 July, Straits Times reported that MACC also questioned his daughter Nurulhidayah and his stepbrother Mohamad Nasaee Ahmad Tarmizi. 

The former deputy PM is not the only figurehead to have been arrested by MACC under money-laundering charges in the past few months: