Case involving Sabah minister fixed for mention on July 28

Sabah Infrastructure Development Minister Peter Anthony is expected to face a charge for allegedly ‘using as genuine a forged document’.

KUALA LUMPUR: Sabah Infrastructure Development Minister Peter Anthony will now appear at the Sessions Court here on July 28 to face one charge.

He could not attend court on June 22 as he was admitted for vertigo at the Kota Kinabalu Hospital. Sessions Court judge Azman had then adjourned his case to July 10.

Anthony’s lawyer Haniff Khatri Abdulla confirmed the new adjournment.

The state minister is expected to face a charge under Section 471 of the Penal Code for allegedly “using as genuine a forged document”.

The maximum penalty for those convicted under Section 471 is two years’ jail or a fine, or both.

Anthony was slapped with five money laundering charges amounting to RM8.75 million last month at the Kota Kinabalu Sessions Court over a Risda land deal.

Another charge was filed against him for allegedly abetting a lawyer (Micheal Persius Ubu) in committing criminal breach of trust (CBT).

Ubu was charged with two counts of money laundering of more than RM3 million, as well as one CBT charge.

The Risda land deal was investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) between 2017 and 2018 and Ubu was not in Sabah when the agency sought his assistance in its probe.

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