Ex-Johor exco Latif Bandi, two others charged with laundering RM35.7mil

JOHOR BARU: Former state executive councillor Datuk Abd Latif Bandi, his eldest son and a property consultant were charged with 21 counts of money laundering amounting to RM35.78mil in connection to the Johor land scandal that broke out in March.

Abd Latif, 51, his son Ahmad Fauzan Hatim, 25, and property consultant Amir Shariffuddin Abd Raub, 44, arrived clad in the orange lock-up T-shirt and were escorted by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission officers at the Sessions Court at around 8.40am on Wednesday.

The former state Housing and Local Government committee chairman was charged with 13 counts of money laundering amounting to RM17.59mil.

Ahmad Fauzan and Amir Shariffuddin were charged with four counts each involving RM735,000 and RM17.46mil respectively.

They claimed trial to all the charges under the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001 (AMLATFA) and Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.

Judge Mohd Fauzi Mohd Nasir set bail at RM500,000 for Abd Latif, RM200,000 for Ahmad Fauzan and RM400,000 for Amir Sharifuddin with one surety each. The case will be mentioned on July 5.

Abd Latif and Ahmad Fauzan were represented by a five-man legal team led by Datuk Hasnal Rezua Merican while Azrul Zulkifli Stork stood for Amir.

MACC's DPP Mohd Asnawi Abu Hanifah prosecuted.

On April 19, Abdul Latif and Amir Shariffuddin were charged with 33 counts of corruption by converting bumiputra lots to non-bumiputra lots, the earliest of which stretched back to just six months after he assumed office.

The case involved some RM30.3mil for development projects in Kota Masai, Tebrau, Kulai, Kempas, Nusajaya and Johor Baru.


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