Peter re­leased on RM50,000 bail

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - FRONT PAGE - By El­ton Gomes

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.

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