GEORGE TOWN: The remaining five detainees under probe for the Penang Zakat graft case, including its chief executive officer (CEO), were released on Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) bond today.

The five, aged between 30 and 50, were brought to the court here at about 10.45am, clad in orange lock-up outfits.

Magistrate Muna Maria Azmi granted the bail order for the detainees at 11.45am.

The CEO and another senior officer from Penang Zakat were allowed bail of RM20,000 with one surety each, while the other three were allowed RM10,000 bail with one surety each.

They were escorted back to the MACC Penang office for paperwork to be filled out before their release later today.

The Penang Zakat officers were arrested earlier this month for allegedly accepting valuable items, cheques and cash from contractors as incentives to give them projects or work-related programmes.

The Penang Zakat CEO, who has a 'Datuk' title, is also believed to have helped himself to education aid and scholarships for his child without going through the Penang Islamic Affairs Department.

The case is being investigated under Section 17(a), 17(b) and 23 of the MACC Act 2009, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in jail, or a fine five times the bribe.

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Three out of the five Penang Zakat officers being led into the George Town magistrate’s court today. Pix by Ramdzan Masiam

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