Court rejects MACC’s forfeiture bid

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  • Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Legal victory: Abdul Latif and his lawyer Abd Rahim (right) leaving the courtroom in Johor Baru. — Bernama

JOHOR BARU: The Sessions Court here rejected an application by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to forfeit the assets of a former state executive councillor, his son and daughter-in-law, worth millions of ringgit.

Judge Kamarudin Kamsun made the decision yesterday after hearing the submissions by the prosecution and defence.

The court also ordered the seized assets to be returned to Datuk Abdul Latif Bandi, his son Ahmad Fauzan Hatim and his daughter-in-law Nur Shaliza Mohamad Salleh.

Deputy public prosecutor Mahadi Abdul Jumaat applied for a stay of execution, pending MACC’s appeal under Section 311 of the Criminal Procedure Code, which the judge granted.

The court also allowed the respondents to apply to the MACC for use of their seized vehicles, under bond, while waiting for disposal of the appeal.

Abdul Latif, who was present in court, was represented by lawyer Abd Rahim Ali.

In January 2017, the MACC seized six vehicles from the respondents – a Honda CRV, Toyota Land Cruiser, Honda HRV, Nissan Skyline, Porsche Cayenne and Toyota Vellfire, and 16 luxury watches and foreign currencies. — Bernama

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