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Johor Exco Remanded In MACC Probe

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JOHOR BAHRU – The magistrate’s court has granted a seven-day remand order against Johor executive councillor Datuk Abd Latif Bandi.

Senior registrar Nur Surehan Abdul Rahman granted the remand application submitted by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Deputy Public Prosecutor Khazrin Hafiz Khalil.

The remand period for Abd Latif who was arrested on Thursday in relation to the sale and purchase of land and property in Johor Baru expires on March 16.

Abd Latif who was clad in an orange MACC lock-up t-shirt, was brought to the Johor Baru court escorted by MACC officers at about 10.14am.

About ten supporters shouted “Allahu Akbar” several times as he was brought to the lift area in the building.

Abd Latif, 51, smiled in acknowledgement to his supporters.

In a statement yesterday, MACC said Abd Latif was arrested at 10.50am at the Johor MACC office.

“The case is being investigated under Section 17 (a) MACC Act 2009 for graft and Section 4 of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (Amlatfpuaa) 2001 for money laundering,” MACC added in the statement.

Earlier Abd Latif, who was the Johor housing and local government committee chairman, had decided to go on leave pending investigations into the case involving the reduction of premium for land approved for housing and industrial projects as well as conversion of the status of various premises in the state.

On Feb 24, MACC had arrested Abd Latif’s son and special officer along with four others over the land and property scandal in the state.

In addition the enforcement body also froze 45 bank accounts valued at RM15.5 million and seized 21 luxury cars, five high-powered motorcycles, RM500,000 in cash including foreign currencies as well as documents to assist in the investigations. – BERNAMA


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