Cops complete probe into case involving politician for alleged sexual harassment


KOTA KINABALU: Police have completed their investigations into the case involving a Sabah STAR politician who allegedly groped a contestant of Unduk Ngadau beauty contest last month.

"We will be submitting the investigation papers to the Attorney General's office tomorrow (Wednesday) for further instructions," said Sabah Commissioner of Police Commissioner Datuk Hazani Ghazali when contacted on Tuesday (June 8).

He was asked to comment on talk that Phillip Among might be charged Wednesday (June 9) for allegedly using force to outrage the modesty of a woman.

The Unduk Ngadau contestant had claimed in her police report that the politician groped her inside his car on May 19 after she had gone for a photo shoot at a premises in Asia City here. She lodged the report on May 21.

Sources said police were also investigating a claim by Among's part-time employee Dane Lenard Kovacs, an Australian, that his passport which was given to get his work pass done was illegally held back (by Among).

The sources said that Among might also face charges in connection with allegedly withholding the passport.

Meanwhile, when contacted on Tuesday (June 8), Among's lawyer Marcel Jude said he had not yet been informed if Among would be charged.

Among was arrested on June 3 shortly after he gave a press conference denying the sexual assault claims. His seven-day remand will end on June 9.

Among, who was Sabah STAR's Putatan parliament coordinator, has been suspended by the party.

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