The Sabah $1.5 billion probe is moving at a fast and furious pace, with the MACC expected to extend Shafie’s remand, the raiding of his Kota Kinabalu house and the arrest of two of his former secretaries.
Updated: Shafie’s remand was extended by another four days, ending on Oct 27.
Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal arrived at the Kota Kinabalu High Court this morning where he challenged the order to remand him for four days from Oct 20.
The High Court, however, rejected his application to declare as unlawful his remand.
It is learnt that Shafie will appeal the ruling within a week.
His wife Datin Seri Shurani Shuaib and their son Mohd Shezwi were also present in the courtroom.
Shafie was welcomed by his supporters, many of whom were clad in orange shirts similar to those worn by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) detainees under remand.
For the first time, Shafie himself was seen in the orange MACC T-shirt.
He is expected to be taken to the magistrate’s court after this for an application of an extension of his remand.
MACC had said that their investigations were hampered because they could not carry out standard operating procedures to check on Shafie’s house in Kota Kinabalu, Semporna and Kuala Lumpur without his presence.
Shafie had spent two of his four-day remand at the hospital for hypertension.
He was discharged at about 2pm on Oct 21 and immediately taken to his residence in Taman Gold, before being taken back to the Sabah MACC office for further questioning.
Meanwhile, Shafie’s brother Datuk Yusof Apdal has been released following a six-day remand.
He was taken to the court complex at about 10am this morning.
The Lahad Datu assemblyman was hugged by family members as soon as he emerged from the courtroom after the 10-minute hearing.
Yusof was released on a RM100,000 bail with RM50,000 to be deposited under two sureties.
He was also ordered to report to the MACC office once a month.
Yesterday, it was reported that the MACC arrested two special officers to Shafie to facilitate investigations into the embezzlement of an alleged RM1.5 billion of federal funds for rural projects.
Shafie’s former private secretary Izhar Idrus and press secretary Zamri Maulan were arrested on Oct 19 and was issued a court-ordered five-day remand in Putrajaya on Oct 21.
Both were working with Shafie during the time he was the minister of the Rural and Regional Development ministry from 2009 to 2015.
Shafie was sacked from the Cabinet for criticising Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
He went on to quit Umno and subsequently started his own opposition party – Parti Warisan Sabah – in his home state of Sabah with the aim of toppling the state government.