KOTA KINABALU, Jan 12 ― Parti Warisan Sabah Vice President Datuk Peter Anthony was released on a bail of RM55,000 today after being held for a week.
Magistrate judge Afiq Agoes set the bail amount and ordered one local guarantor.
He also ordered that Anthony be brought straight to a hospital to receive medical attention while authorities process his release papers.
The businessman had been remanded for a week by the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) to look into a RM155 million land purchase deal.
Anthony, 46, was brought to court at 8.20am in handcuffs and was seen hobbling and clutching his bible as he was led around the courthouse.
“I’m not feeling well. I vomited last night,” he said. When asked whether he had gotten medical attention, he said he was hoping to see a doctor today after he was released.
Anthony was arrested last Friday by the MACC after showing up at the latter’s office as requested.
In court today, MACC was represented by deputy public prosecutor Mohd Faliq Basiruddin. He had initially asked for a RM100,000 bail.
Anthony was brought to court at about 8.20am in handcuffs and with police outriders and escorts. He left the court at about 10am and headed to the hospital for a medical checkup.
MACC had on January 3 issued a notice calling for Anthony, and a lawyer, Michael Persius Ubu, to surrender themselves within 48 hours to facilitate investigations into the purchase of an RM155 million plot of oil palm land.
Previously, Anthony was among 13 others including Warisan president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal who were arrested and remanded by MACC to look into possible embezzling of RM1.5 billion worth of projects under the Rural and Regional Development Ministry.