Former Tabung Haji Head and Baling MP Azeez Freed on RM1M Bail

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Released after being held for nine days.

Magistrate Ahmad Afiq Hassan granted the release of Umno supreme council member and Baling MP Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Rahim as his remand period expired today.

The former Tabung Haji chairman and his brother Datuk Latiff were released today (Oct 5) on RM1 million bail each with two sureties.

The brothers were not ordered to surrender their passports.

Azeez arrived in court at 9.40am where he was greeted by some 130 supporters from his constituency who had been waiting at the main entrance since 7.15am.

Reportedly, three buses had been chartered to bring them to the court complex in Putrajaya today.

Pemantau Malaysia Baru president Lokman Noor Adam was seen among the crowd of supporters.

The crowd cheered and clapped when they saw Azeez walk out of the courtroom.

The supporters wore orange t-shirts similar in colour to the MACC remand garb in a show of solidarity with Azeez.

On Sept 26, Azeez, his brother and a cousin were remanded for four days as the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) conducted a probe on them over corruption and money-laundering allegations.

The cousin, who is a company director, was ordered to be released on an RM10,000 bail with two sureties on Saturday.

On May 23, the MACC raided Abdul Azeez’s homes and offices and seized RM500,000 in cash, 20 watches and several pieces of jewellery.

Azeez has said the money belongs to Baling Umno, and that he had withdrawn the sum for zakat payments ahead of Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

He also has claimed the watches are high-grade fakes.