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Shafie fails in bid to declare remand unlawful

 | October 23, 2017

Warisan president to appeal the ruling within a week, says lawyer.

shafie-apdalKOTA KINABALU: The High Court today rejected Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) president Shafie Apdal’s application to declare as unlawful his remand in connection with the alleged embezzlement of RM1.5 billion in rural development funds.

Shafie, however, will appeal the ruling within a week.

Hamid Ismail, who argued for Shafie during the proceeding, told reporters their application for the declaration was based on two grounds.

“Firstly, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) detained Shafie under Section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code, which in our opinion infringed on Shafie’s liberty,” he said.

“Secondly, we believe the grounds for the remand, which were to facilitate Shafie’s interrogation, were invalid based on precedence.

“However, we will appeal this decision at the Court of Appeal within a week.”

High Court judge Ismail Brahim made the ruling.

Shafie was represented by a team of lawyers led by Martin Tommy, while Mohd Faliq Basirudin and Rozanna Abdul Hadi appeared for the MACC.

Shafie was arrested on Oct 19 over a probe into the alleged misappropriation of RM1.5 billion worth of funds from projects in Sabah during his tenure as rural and regional development minister, from 2009 to 2015.

The former Umno vice-president was remanded on Friday for four days.

Shafie’s younger brother, Hamid, and Hamid’s businessman son-in-law, were released on bail last week.

Warisan vice-president Peter Anthony and youth chief Azis Jamman were also detained and later released.

Two former secretaries of Shafie were arrested in Putrajaya and remanded as well, along with an engineer who is also Warisan’s Putatan secretary.

Shafie was the eleventh person to be arrested by the anti-graft agency.

The hearing for his remand extension will take place at the Magistrate’s Court here at 2pm today.

It was earlier reported that the MACC was scrutinising a total of 72 projects out of an original list of 350 under the ministry for suspected embezzlement of funds.

The projects were planned to be carried out between 2009 and 2015 in Kota Kinabalu, Kudat, Kota Belud, Ranau, Beaufort, Keningau, Lahad Datu, Tawau and Sandakan.

The RM1.5 billion was said to be part of RM7.5 billion allocated for water, electricity and road infrastructure development projects.

Some RM170 million in bank accounts and assets of the companies involved in the projects have reportedly been frozen.

More than 45 people have been questioned since the probe began two weeks ago.

Opposition leaders claimed the investigation was politically motivated to smear the image of Warisan ahead of the 14th general election, but Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and the MACC denied this, insisting that the agency operated independently.

 

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