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Remand Extended For Four Suspects In Johor Land Scam

JOHOR BARU: The remands for the son of a Johor executive councillor, his special officer and two others have been extended for another seven days until March 9 to aid in investigation into a land scandal.

The extension is to assist investigation into a land scandal that purportedly reaped millions of ringgit by converting bumiputra lots to non-bumiputra lots, which can fetch much higher prices.

Two developers, who were arrested earlier, were released Friday on a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) bond.

The six suspects were brought to the Johor Baru court at around 9am on Friday in six separate cars.

Magistrate’s court registrar Hafizah Johor Ariff Johor allowed the remand to be extended.

It was reported that the six suspects, including the eldest son of state Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Abd Latiff Bandi, as well as his special officer, were nabbed by the MACC on Feb 24.

Anti-graft officers uncovered the plot after sifting through stacks of documents seized from the state government and developers, who were implicated recently.

Also seized during the sting operation were 21 luxury cars and five high-powered motorcycles from luxury brands such as Bentley, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Range Rover and Harley Davidson.

A total of 45 bank accounts with RM15.5mil belonging to the six suspects has been frozen.

Latif has also gone on leave until further notice after MACC officers grilled him for four hours on Tuesday.