Remand order on Sabah politician in sexual harassment claim extended

KOTA KINABALU: The remand order for a politician accused of sexually harassing an Unduk Ngadau contestant pageant has been extended to Wednesday (June 9).

Phillip Among’s lawyer Marcel Jude said the decision was made following a Zoom hearing on Monday (June 7).

He said the magistrate had agreed to extend the remand order by three days as the initial remand order to facilitate investigations expired on Monday.

Magistrate Stephanie Sherron Abbie allowed for the extension after hearing arguments from an investigating officer.

Among, a technical director in the just-concluded state-level Unduk Ngadau cultural pageant, was accused by one of the finalists of groping her inside his car on May 19. She filed a police report on May 21.

Last week, Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hazani Ghazali said they had classified the case as using criminal force to outrage the modesty of a person.

The offence carries a maximum jail term of 10 years or a fine or whipping upon conviction.

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