ALOR SETAR: The magistrate's court here has released the businessman who was remanded in connection with a RM20,000 bribe involving two PKR members, four days before his 7-day remand expires on Oct 31.
The 59-year-old suspect was escorted by MACC officers to the court complex here at about 10am on Saturday (Oct 27).
Handcuffed and clad in the orange lock-up attire, the suspect was brought straight to the courtroom before magistrate Nabilah Md Ruslan who granted the release order.
A source said that the MACC set bail at RM10,000 with one surety and is required to report to MACC every month pending ourt charges.
The case is being investigated under Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009, which carries a jail sentence of up to 20 years and a fine of not less tan five times the total value of bribe.
The MACC said in a statement on Oct 25 that the businessman was the third suspect arrested.
He was arrested when he surrendered himself at the state MACC office at about 4.10pm on Wednesday (Oct 24).
On Sept 18, the two PKR election secretariat committee members, who were remanded for allegedly soliciting RM20,000 from a party election candidate, were released on bail.
On Sept 15, a 48-year-suspect was arrested at 11.20am at a restaurant here, while a 46-year-old man was picked up on the same day at 3.25pm at the Pendang toll plaza. It was learnt that a sum of RM10,000 was also seized from them.
Sources earlier said the two men met a 58-year-old candidate vying for a divisional post in the PKR elections.
He was allegedly told that his name will be struck off the candidate's list for the state party election on Saturday unless he pays them RM20,000.