Peter released on RM50,000 bail
KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah vice president Datuk Peter Anthony was released on RM50,000 Malaysia Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) bail by magistrate Cindy Mc Juce Balitus yesterday morning after his remand expired.
His lawyer Martin Tommy said the bail was undeposited with two local sureties.
The release order was issued by Cindy at the Damai Specialist Hospital where Anthony was being warded for treatment.
Tommy, when met by reporters, said: “My client is doing fine.” “He is recuperating,” he added. MACC prosecuting officer Mohd Faliq Basirudin said that the paperwork for his release would be done at the Sabah MACC office later.
It was earlier learned that Peter would be released from hospital at 9.45am and was scheduled to present himself at the MACC office to sign the release form but due to the condition of his health, MACC decided to bring the paperwork to the hospital.
Peter, 46, was detained by MACC on October 5 for investigation into alleged siphoning of federal funds for rural projects in Sabah since 2009.
Six other individuals comprising three politicians, two contractors and a federal ministry official were detained in connection with the case.
There are Parti Warisan Youth chief Datuk Azis Jamman, 43, Tenom Umno Youth chief Jamawi Jaafar, 43, Tawau Umno Youth chief Ariffin Kassim, 44, Umno Semporna division member Hamid Apdal, 52, who is also the younger brother of Parti Warisan Sabah president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal and a 52-year-old businessman.
A 40-year-old former deputy under secretary (infrastructure) from the Rural and Regional Development Ministry was detained in Putrajaya.
They were remanded under Section 17A of the MACC Act 2009.
Meanwhile, in a separate development, five individuals were called by the police to give evidence under Section 9 (5) of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.
City police chief ACP M. Chandra said the individuals were involved in participating in a solidarity gathering that was organised by Parti Warisan Sabah supporters in Suria Sabah and the Kota Kinabalu Court.
Chandra said the organiser did not obtain any approval or notice to stage the gathering from the authorities.
He added that the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) and Light Strike Force (LSF) were ready to face any eventuality to maintain peace and public security.
“Everything is under control at the moment and we will be present to control the situation if needed.
“Therefore, I would like to remind any parties or organisations intending to stage any public gathering to first get approval from the police or the relevant authorities as police will not hesitate to take stern action,” Chandra said.
Cindy (centre) walking out of the Damai Specialist Hospital after issuing the release order.
Peter (centre) greeting his mother after he was released on MACC bail at the hospital yesterday.