Ex-Johor exco ordered to enter defence on RM35m corruption charges

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The High Court in Johor Bahru ordered former Johor executive councillor Abdul Latif Bandi to enter his defence to 37 charges of corruption and money laundering involving more than RM35 million four years ago.

On Sept 20, the court fixed today to decide whether Latif, his son and a real estate consultant were to enter their defence or be acquitted.

Judge Abu Bakar Katar made the decision after hearing arguments from both the prosecution, led by MACC deputy director Wan Shahruddin Wan Ladin and the defence, led by lawyer Salehuddin Saidin, during the appeal proceedings which lasted two days.

On June 14, 2017, Latif, 55, who is also a former state housing and local government chairperson, his son Ahmad Fauzan Hatim, 29, and real estate consultant Amir Shariffuddin Abd Raub, 48, were charged with 33 counts of corruption and four counts of money laundering totalling RM35.7 million.

On April 21, 2019, Sessions Court judge Kamarudin Kamsun ordered Latif, who is also a former Endau assemblyperson, Fauzan and Amir to be acquitted and released after finding that the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case.

Of the charges, 33 were under Section 28(1)(C) of the MACC Act 2009, and four under Section 32(8)(c) and Section 89 of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001. – Malaysiakini