Three people, who were remanded on Wednesday to assist the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) probe into money-laundering activities involving a RM15 million book publishing contract have been released by the magistrate's court today. BERNAMA Photo

PUTRAJAYA: Three people, who were remanded on Wednesday to assist the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) probe into money-laundering activities involving a RM15 million book publishing contract, have been released by the magistrate's court today.

The trio comprised a former procurement director of a bank and two publishing company directors.

One of the suspect's counsel Abi Mursyidin Awal, said they were freed after questioning by MACC investigation officers.

"There were no application by the MACC for an extension of the remand order. Therefore the three of them were freed" the lawyer said.

The three men were first hauled to court on Friday last week together with a managing director of a bank with a 'Datuk' title.

All four of them were remanded for five days under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009 for suspicion of receiving bribes but were all released on Tuesday upon expiry of their remand.

However, three of them were rearrested the next day and remanded for three days under Section 4(1) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 which expired today.

They were being investigation under Section 4(1) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.