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Shafie's brother remanded
Published on: Thursday, October 12, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: The younger brother of Parti Warisan Sabah President Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal was remanded five days, effective Wednesday, at the Kota Kinabalu Court, here.

This was to assist in the on-going probe by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) into the alleged abuse of RM1.5 billion in Federal funds meant for rural projects in Sabah.

Magistrate Stephanie Sherron Abbie issued the remand order in her chamber following an application from MACC investigating officer Mohd Faliq Basirudin for seven days remand.

The 52-year-old businessman, who was represented by Martin Tommy, Loretta Padua Jr, Hamid Ismail, and Cedric Choo, was remanded under Section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) applied by MACC but helping in the investigation under Section 17(1) of the MACC Act, which deals with soliciting and receiving gratification from an agent.

It was learnt that he was called by MACC officers on Tuesday morning to help in the investigation in which six people comprising an opposition politician, a local businessman, a former senior officer of Federal Ministry and three youth leaders of two political parties were remanded for the same purpose.

A MACC source said he led five anti-graft investigators to his home near here at 3.30pm on Tuesday to search for evidence on the alleged misappropriation of Federal funds.

The team left at 6pm and the businessman was detained at 9.30pm the same day (Tuesday).

Together with MACC officials, he arrived at the Court house via the back door and taken to the Magistrate's chamber room around noon. He was seen leaving with the MACC officials at about 12.30pm.

This brings to seven, the number of individuals who have been detained and remanded so far. - Hayati Dzulkifli

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