Shafie Apdal’s corruption case dropped

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The government will not pursue charges against the corruption case of the Chief Minister of Sabah, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal after failing to compile sufficient evidences on the case. Liew Vui Keong
Minister at Prime Minister's Department (Legal) Datuk Liew Vui Keong speaks to the media after attending the Dewan Rakyat sitting at the Parliament. PIX: FAREEZ FADZIL, 25 JULY 2018

By Nizam Zain

KUALA LUMPUR – The government will not pursue charges against the corruption case of the Chief Minister of Sabah, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal after failing to compile sufficient evidences on the case.

Minister at Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong said, the prosecutor decided on the matter on 20 June after finding the lack of evidence to continue with the investigations.

“Investigations on Yang Amat Berhormat Shafie Apdal, who is also the Chief Minister of Sabah was conducted on 21 April 2017. The investigation papers were submitted to the federal attorney, MACC on 23 May 2018.

“After reviewing all the statements, the prosecutor has decided on 20 June 2018 that no charges will be pursued due to the lack of evidence for further actions,” he told the Dewan Negara sitting today in reply to a written question by Senator Jamilah Sulaiman from Barisan Nasional (BN) who requested the clarifications from Prime Minister on the status of Mohd Shafie’s case.

The President of Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) was arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on 19 October 2017 following an allegation of misappropriation of public funds amounting to RM1.5 billion under the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development in Sabah.

More than 50 individuals have been summoned to give their statements to the MACC since the case was brought to light in early October 2017.

Earlier, the MACC arrested over 10 individuals, including Shafhie’s brothers, businessman Hamid Apdal and the State Assemblyman of Lahad Datu Datuk Mohd Yusof Apdal to assist in the investigation.

Among the people arrested were the Vice-President of Warisan Datuk Peter Anthony; Warisan Youth Chief Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman, Tenom UMNO Youth Chief Jamawi Jaafar and Tawau UMNO Youth Chief Ariffin Kassim. The latest on the list was a 47-year old engineer who was arrested yesterday.

They were being investigated on the misappropriation public funds for a rural development project amounted to RM1.5 billion which was made paid through the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development between 2009 and 2015. -MalaysiaGazette

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