Teams of lawyers have been assembled to represent the detainees in court.
KOTA KINABALU: Three Sabah political leaders were remanded for five days today in connection with investigations into the alleged misappropriation of RM1.5 billion allocated for rural projects in the state.
Magistrate Cindy Balitus allowed the remand for Parti Warisan Sabah Youth chief Azis Jamman, Tenom Umno Youth head Jamawi Jaafar and Tawau Umno Youth leader Ariffin Kassim.
Azis was represented by a legal team led by Loretto Padua Jr while counsel Hamid Ismail acted for Ariffin.
Arthur Borine led the legal team for Jamawi while Mohd Faliq Basirudin appeared for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
Jamawi’s counsel Shahlan Jufri said the MACC had applied for a 7-day remand but it was objected to by the detainees’ lawyers.
Azis was arrested after MACC officers went to his house in connection with the investigations.
It was earlier reported that 350 projects under the rural and regional development ministry were being scrutinised by the MACC over allegations of embezzlement of RM1.5 billion in federal funds.
These projects were planned to be carried out between 2010 and 2016 in Kota Kinabalu, Kudat, Kota Belud, Ranau, Beaufort, Keningau, Lahad Datu, Tawau and Sandakan.
The RM1.5 billion was said to be part of RM7.5 billion allocated for water, electricity and road infrastructure development projects.
Last week, the MACC remanded three men, including Parti Warisan Sabah vice-president Peter Anthony, for investigations over alleged corrupt practices in the implementation of development projects.
The other two were a 52-year-old owner of a construction company and the former assistant secretary of a division in the ministry.