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Shafie’s brother Yusof released on RM100,000 bail

 | October 23, 2017

Lahad Datu assemblyman Yusof Apdal ordered to report to MACC office once a month

Yusof-ApdalKOTA KINABALU: Yusof Apdal was today released on bail following his remand in connection with the alleged misappropriation of RM1.5 billion allocated for rural development projects in Sabah.

Magistrate Cindy Balitus ordered Yusof, who is Parti Warisan Sabah president Shafie Apdal’s younger brother, to be released on RM100,000 bail with RM50,000 to be deposited under two sureties.

Yusof, who is with Sabah Umno, was also ordered to report to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office once a month.

The Lahad Datu assemblyman was arrested on Oct 17 after he went to the MACC office to give a statement in connection with several projects under the rural and regional development ministry between 2009 and 2015, when Shafie was the minister.

Shafie is currently under remand in the same investigation with both his lawyers and the MACC contesting the legality of his remand.

The hearing for this will be held in the High Court here today with the MACC expected to also seek an extension to his remand today.

Another of Shafie’s younger brothers, Hamid, and Hamid’s businessman son-in-law, were last week also released on bail.

Other Warisan leaders who were detained and later released were vice-president Peter Anthony and Youth chief Azis Jamman.

Two former secretaries of Shafie, who were arrested in Putrajaya, have also been remanded.

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 have denied this, insisting that the agency operated independently.

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