Former FGV Chairman released on half-million bail

The Registrar of Subordinate Court of Malaya, Datuk Zainal Abidin Kamarudin, issued the order to have Mohd Isa released on RM150,000 cash bail and personal bonds at RM350,000, with two sureties

PUTRAJAYA: Former Felda Global Ventures Bhd (FGV) chairman Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad, who was remanded as part of a probe into allegations of corruption at Felda Investment Corporation (FIC), was released on bail today at the Putrajaya magistrate’s court.

Mohd Isa, 68, was brought to the Putrajaya lower court complex by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers at 9.50am in MACC lock-up attire.

He walked out of the court a free man at 10.45am, accompanied by family members and almost 200 supporters.

The Registrar of Subordinate Court of Malaya, Datuk Zainal Abidin Kamarudin, issued the order to have Mohd Isa released on RM150,000 cash bail and personal bonds at RM350,000, with two sureties.

Mohd Isa was represented by six lawyers, led by Datuk K. Kumaraendran.

“We want to stress that he was not brought in as an offender, but only to assist in investigations.

“Although he was initially brought in under Section 16 of the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 for the offence of allegedly accepting gratifications, he has not been charged.

“He will cooperate in future investigations if needed,” Kumaraendran said.

Other lawyers in the team who were present today include Dev Kumaraendran, Ridha Ahdar Subry, Datuk Khairul Anwar Rahmat, Lavina Kumarendran and Datuk N. Sivananthan.

When met by reporters, Khairul said the court has been gracious in lowering the bail which was initially set at RM1 million.

“The amount was reduced based on their evaluation that Isa was cooperative throughout the investigation, and for the fact that he had contributed to the country.

“The court also released him based on his responsibilities to serve the people.

“I want to clearly state that he was never brought in as a suspect, but only to assist in the investigations,” Khairul added.

Mohd Isa was detained by the MACC to assist in investigations into the dubious purchase of a hotel in Kensington, London in 2014 and 2015 by FIC.

Source: Malaysian Digest

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