Musa's lawyer says he denies allegations of criminal intimidation

Tan Sri Musa Aman. -Bernamapic

Tan Sri Musa Aman. -Bernamapic

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Barisan Nasional chief Tan Sri Musa Aman has denied allegations of criminal intimidation against the head of state or anyone else for that matter, says his lawyer Zahir Shah.

Sabah police said they were trying to locate Musa to record his statement over an investigation they have launched.

Police have already recorded statements from nine people, including head of state Tun Juhar Mahiruddin.

Juhar's statement was recorded after he lodged a police report on May 14.

According to Zahir, in a statement Thursday, Musa regrets that Juhar was being dragged into a legal suit.

He said Musa believes that at the end of the day, the rule of law must prevail and Sabah’s constitutional provisions must be respected and followed.

The alleged threat made by Musa against the Sabah Governor is being investigated for criminal intimidation under Section 506 of the Penal Code.

The police report by Juhar surfaced over the weekend after two political leaders were sworn in at Istana Negeri as the chief minister within 48 hours.

The police investigation is likely to give a clearer picture on what happened at Istana Negeri on the night of May 10 amid the political horse-trading.

Musa was sworn in before the Governor during an apparently delayed ceremony at 11.10pm on May 10, but lost his majority support among state assemblymen 12 hours later when six of them defected.

Parti Warisan Sabah president Shafie Apdal, whose party and its allies secured a majority with 35 of the 60 state seats, was sworn in at 9.15pm on May 12.

Musa, who was informed by the Governor that he was no longer chief minister effective May 12, has gone to court seeking a declaration that he is the legitimate chief minister and to nullify Shafie’s appointment.

Musa Aman