An­thony freed but more ar­rests ex­pected to be made

The Star Malaysia - - Nation - By STEPHANIE LEE stephanielee@thes­

KOTA KIN­A­BALU: More ar­rests are ex­pected in the on­go­ing graft probe into the al­leged si­phon­ing of money from ru­ral devel­op­ment projects as Parti Warisan Sabah vice-pres­i­dent Datuk Peter An­thony was re­leased af­ter be­ing re­manded for eight days.

Graft in­ves­ti­ga­tors were still go­ing through var­i­ous de­tails of the ques­tion­able projects as they ex­pect to call in more peo­ple, in­clud­ing politi­cians, in the probe that now nar­rowed down to 70 projects in Sabah be­tween 2009 and 2015.

An­thony, a close ally of Warisan pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Ap­dal, was among seven peo­ple, in­clud­ing Warisan Youth chief Datuk Azis Jam­man and (Shafie’s brother) Datuk Hamid Ap­dal, de­tained since the swoop be­gan on Oct 5.

An­thony, who spent three days of his eight-day re­mand at the Da­mai Spe­cial­ist Cen­tre here, was re­leased on a RM50,000 Mala in two sureties.

The re­lease or­der was given by mag­is­trate Cindy McJuce Bal­i­tus, who ar­rived at the hos­pi­tal room where he was warded since Tues­day.

Fol­low­ing his re­lease at 10am yes­ter­day, An­thony was dis­charged from the hos­pi­tal at 1.15pm.

An­thony, a busi­ness­man turned politi­cian, was among the first three (with a lo­cal busi­ness­man and a civil ser­vant in Putrajaya) re­manded in con­nec­tion with the probe.

The other three re­manded were Tenom Umno Youth chief Ja­mawi Jaa­far and Tawau Umno Youth chief Arif­fin Kas­sim and Azis, who is a nephew of Shafie.

Busi­ness­man Yu Sin Kong’s nine-day re­mand is ex­pected to end to­day, while in­ves­ti­ga­tors are ex­pected to seek ex­ten­sion for the five-day re­mand of Azis, Arif­fin and Ja­mawi.

Their re­mand also ends to­day.

The probe fo­cuses on fed­eral-funded ru­ral wa­ter, elec­tric­ity and road projects that were car­ried out by the Ru­ral and Re­gional Devel­op­ment Min­istry dur­ing Shafie’s ten­ure as min­is­ter.

Shafie, who was ex­pected to be back in Sabah this week­end to at­tend a party gath­er­ing in in­te­rior Keningau, has can­celled his trip be­cause the func­tion organised by An­thony has been post­poned.

Out on bail: An­thony ac­knowl­edg­ing the me­dia af­ter he was dis­charged from Da­mai Spe­cial­ist Hos­pi­tal in Kota Kin­a­balu.

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