Abdul Latif vs brother Abdul Azeez

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The elder brother of former Tabung Haji chairman Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim was today given a discharge not amounting to an acquittal (DNAA) from two charges of abetting the latter to obtain RM4 million in bribe.

Datuk Abdul Latif Abdul Rahim’s case was dropped by Sessions Court judge Azura Alwi after she allowed an application by the prosecution to grant the DNAA against him.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Adam Mohamed said the prosecution made the application after Abdul Latif agreed to become a witness against his brother.

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“The defence had sent two representation letters to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) requesting us to drop his charges three months ago.

“Today, we told the court about our request and the court allowed it,” he said.

Abdul Latif was accused of abetting his brother in obtaining a RM4 million bribe from Mohammad Redzuan Mohanan Abdullah, director of Syarikat Menuju Asas Sdn Bhd as gratification to help the company to secure road projects through limited tender from the Works Ministry.

The court today also vacated Azeez’s trial which was scheduled to resume following a High Court ruling which granted a stay on the hearing pending Azeez’s application to squash his 13 corruption charges including money laundering.

Azeez’s counsel Joshua Tay when contacted confirmed the matter.

“We received a letter from the High Court Senior Deputy Registrar Norazihah Asmuni informing us about the matter,” he said.

The Baling member of parliament on Dec 23 had applied to strike out all of his corruption charges at the High Court after pleading that the charges are defective and groundless.

Azeez claimed the prosecution against him was mala fide.

The trial of the corruption case involving Abdul Azeez and his brother Abdul Latif had been held before Session’s Court Judge Azura Alwi with five prosecution witnesses being called.

Abdul Azeez, 53, is charged with three counts of accepting bribes totalling RM5.2 million in connection with road projects in Perak and Kedah, and nine counts of money laundering, involving nearly RM140 million, while his 62-year-old brother was accused of abetting him.

The project involved the Pantai Baru Coastal Expressway Project, upgrading works of Federal Road FT005 (Teluk Intan to Kampung Lekir, Perak) valued at RM644,480,000. – NST