Judge delays ruling on Latif bribery charges

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The Court of Sessions in Johor Baru today postponed its decision on the case against former Johor Executive Councilor Abd Latif Bandi, his son and a property consultant, who face 37 charges of bribery and money laundering money over RM35.7 million.

Judge Kamarudin Kamsun, who was due to deliver the verdict today, said there were still arguments to be submitted by the parties involved and he would then rule on August 7.

“I have to listen to these arguments before making a decision. So I can’t do it today, so a new date will be set,” he said.

Lawyer Salehuddin Saidin, representing Latif, 56, and his son, Ahmad Fauzan Hatim, 30, then asked the court to hear the defense submissions.

During the proceedings, the court heard submissions from the Public Prosecutor, represented by Deputy Director I, Legal and Prosecution Division of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin, and assisted by Deputy Prosecutors Ahmad Akram Gharib and Mahadi Abdul Jumaat. .

On June 14, 2017, Latif, Ahmad Fauzan and Amir Shariffuddin Abd Raub, 49, were charged with 33 counts of corruption and four counts of money laundering for a total of RM35.7 million, and they pleaded not guilty of all charges.

On April 21, 2019, Kamarudin acquitted and acquitted three of them of the 37 charges after concluding that the prosecution had failed to prove its case.

However, on November 7, 2021, the High Court ordered the former Chairman of the State and Local Government Housing Committee and his co-defendants to defend themselves, after overturning the Court of Sessions verdict.

Regarding the corruption charges, the three men are charged under Section 28(1)(C) of the MACC Act 2009, read in conjunction with Section 16(a)(B) of the same Act.

They were also charged under Section 32(8)(c) and Section 89 of the Anti-Money Laundering, Financing of Terrorism and Proceeds of Illegal Activities Act 2001. (AMLA). – Bernama, June 26, 2022.

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