Ex-Johor exco Abdul Latif grateful for acquittal

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FORMER MP for Endau, Abdul Latif Bandi, has expressed his gratitude for the Johor Baru court’s decision today, which acquitted him of corruption and money laundering charges, involving 35.7 million RM, five years ago.

Latif, met outside the court, said he now wants to spend more time with his family.

“I am grateful to Allah SWT, my family, my lawyers and my friends who are always with me. Now I will spend more time with my family,” he said.

Earlier, Latif, 56, with his son, Ahmad Fauzan Hatim, 30, ‘sujud syukur’ (prostration of gratitude) in the courtroom after the verdict was delivered by Judge Kamarudin Kamsun.

Latif, dressed in a batik shirt, was also seen hugging his wife, Nor Karmila Md Nor, outside the courtroom, in tears but happy with the decision.

Property consultant Amir Shariffuddin Abd Raub, 49, was also acquitted and released.

Kamaruddin issued the decision after finding that the prosecution had failed to prove a prima facie case against the three.

Latif was charged with 33 counts of bribery and 13 counts of money laundering, while Fauzan was charged with four counts of money laundering and Shariffuddin, 33 counts of bribery and four counts of money laundering .

On April 21, 2019, the Johor Baru Sessional Court acquitted and acquitted Latif of 37 corruption and money laundering charges involving over RM30 million.

However, on November 7 last year, the High Court ordered the former chairman of the National Housing and Local Government Commission and the other two to defend themselves following a ruling by Judge Abu Bakar Katar that the Court of Sessions erred in its decision.

Meanwhile, Deputy Director I of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s Legal and Prosecution Division, Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin, who led the prosecution, said he would file an appeal next week. – Bernama, August 7, 2022.

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