Ex-official in Johor faces 33 counts of graft

Ex-official in Johor faces 33 counts of graft

JOHOR BARU • A former top politician in Johor, Abdul Latif Bandi, was yesterday charged in court with 33 counts of graft in a land scandal involving some RM30 million (S$9.5 million), in what is seen as a wider move by the government to crack down on corruption by top officials.

Latif was until last month the executive councillor – a Johor state Cabinet member – in charge of housing and local government. He claimed trial to the charges.

Also charged in the same case was property consultant Amir Sharifuddin Abdul Raub.

Latif, 52, arrived in court without handcuffs and accompanied by officers from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), the New Straits Times daily reported on its website.

He had been detained by the anti- graft agency for a week until March 16 before he was released on bail.

Another seven people, including his son and a special officer, were also detained during investigations and later released on bail.

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