Isa Samad released from remand

The Magistrate’s Court yesterday released former Federal Land Development Authority chairman Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad after a five-day remand from last Wednesday over a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigation into the Felda Investment Corp purchase of a hotel in Kensington, London.

Subordinate Courts of Malaya registrar Datuk Zainal Abidin Kamarudin allowed the release of Mohd Isa, 68, on a bail of RM150,000 in two sureties.

Mohd Isa smiled as he walked out of the courtroom at 10.45am and was greeted by shouts from his supporters at the compound of the Putrajaya Magistrate’s Court.

Mohd Isa, clad in the MACC orange lock-up attire, was brought at 9.50am to the Putrajaya Magistrate’s Court, where more than 100 supporters and family members, including his wife Puan Sri Bibi Sharliza Mohd Khalid, had been waiting since 9am.

Datuk K Kumaraendran, who leads the team of lawyers representing Mohd Isa, said the MACC did not apply for an extension of the remand as his client had fully cooperated with the investigation.

Approached by reporters after the proceedings, Kumaraendran stressed that Mohd Isa was only detained to assist in the investigation and not as a suspect in the case.

Kumaraendran said Mohd Isa is also ready to be called as a witness if there is any prosecution in the case.

The other lawyers in his team were Dev Kumaraendran, Ridha Ahdar Subry, Datuk Khairul Anwar Rahmat, Lavinia Kumaraendran and Datuk N Sivananthan.

Mohd Isa was arrested at 4.30pm last Tuesday after spending two hours having his statement recorded at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya.

The case is being investigated under Section 16 of the MACC Act for alleged abuse of power in the purchase of a hotel in London in 2014/2015. — Bernama