The Sabah politician accused of molesting a beauty contestant is expected to be charged in court today.
Philip Among from the STAR political party will be charged with using criminal force to outrage modesty, weeks after the unnamed pageant contestant filed a police report against him. Police said they have completed their investigations, which involved interviews with 12 people, including others who competed in the Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan on May 31.
“We do not rule out more than one charge could be filed against him for various other offences,” Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hazani Ghazali told reporters.
Among faces penalties that include 10 years’ jail, fine, and caning.
The police complaint filed against Among on May 21 alleged that he had groped several parts of the beauty contestant’s body after taking her to his office. He was subsequently arrested on June 3.
A man named Dane Kovacs, who claimed to be Among’s former employee, outed Among on Tuesday about an impromptu photo and video shoot he was instructed to do for only one of the beauty contestants. Among then decided to join the woman in front of the camera, which made the contestant feel uncomfortable, he said.
“Out of the blue, Philip Among walked up to the woman and without asking for her consent, placed his hands on her various parts of her body, and instructed her to make several poses for the photoshoot,” Kovacs said, adding that Among even made lewd and crude remarks, and frequently referred to the contestant as his girlfriend. Among also had a bad temper, according to Kovacs.
Separately, the small-time politician is accused of verbally abusing a People’s Volunteer Corps officer, who reported him to the police on June 2.
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