By BORNEOTODAY REPORTERS
KOTA KINABALU: Shafie Apdal was released on an RM100,000 bail.
Magistrate Cindy Mc Juce Balitus on Friday ordered Shafie, the Parti Warisan Sabah, free on a deposit of RM80,000 with two local sureties.
Shafie, who arrived at the Magistrate’s court at about 9.25am, came out smiling 10 minute later as Warisan Sabah leaders and supporters who were present mobbed him.
He was then taken to the MACC office at Jalan UMS-Sulaman, his holding place since Saturday afternoon, to do the necessary paperwork before going home.
His aides said he would also go for Friday prayers.
Shafie, as well as several other individuals including his siblings are under investigation by the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission for what they allege involved misappropriation of funds meant for rural projects in Sabah.
Prosecuting officer Mohd Faliq Basiruddin appeared for the MACC.
Hundreds of people started gathering outside the courthouse, some as early as 7am.
Inside the court compound, Shuryani Shuaib, his wife and Mohd Shezwi, their son awaited Shafie’s arrival, who was heavily escorted by MACC officers and the police.
While waiting, Shuryani said she was keeping her fingers crossed, that her husband would be out, saying, “the family would like to be with him for a day.”
As Shafie walked pass a stream of his supporters to enter the Magistrate’s Court he told BorneoToday: “We will remain strong. We are getting stronger and I am looking forward to attending Parliament.”
Speaking to reporters later, Loretto Padua, one of Shafie’s lawyers said several programmes had been arranged for the Semporna Member of Parliament over the next few days.
“But of course at some point he will want to attend Parliament. It’s up to him to decide,” said Padua, who is also Warisan Sabah secretary-general.
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