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Former Johor Exco Got His Assets Worth RM6 Million Forfeited Due To Corruption

The former Johor Exco member Datuk Abd Latif Bandi had got his money and assets worth more than RM6 million forfeited after the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has succeeded in its appeal at the High Court on Sunday (19 December).

The assets forfeited include 19 luxury vehicles, Mercedes Benz G63 AMG, Bentley Continental GT Coupe, Land Rover Proversport, Porsche Cayenne, Nissan Skyline, Toyota Vellfire dan Honda HRV. 

In addition, 16 luxury watches, 15 luxury handbags, and 15 jewellery items, cash with foreign currencies from Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Korea, and Japan were part of the forfeiture, reported Utusan.

Source: The Straits Times

Judge Datuk Abu Bakar Katar allowed the MACC’s appeal, hence, overriding the Sessions Court’s decision on 27 May 2019, which rejected the prosecution’s application and ordered all seized property to be returned to the registered owner.

Meanwhile, Judge Abu Bakar said the decision was made after the court examined all the records of the appeal and clarified the oral and written submissions of all parties.

“The Sessions Court judge erred in his judgement when he failed to consider the application under Section 41(1) of the MACC Act, focusing on the seized properties and not the need for prosecution against the respondent.”

Source: The Sun Daily

“The court is of the view that the appellant (MACC) has proved that all the property involved was obtained from illegal proceeds, namely bribery.”

“The court is also satisfied that there was no purchase in good faith with valuable consideration related to all the property involved.”

“Therefore, the court allowed the appellant’s appeal against all the respondents and allowed all the appellant’s applications to forfeit the rights of all the property involved,” he said.

The case was prosecuted by deputy public prosecutor Mahadi Abdul Jumaat, while lawyer Abd Rahim Ali represented Abd Latif, his son Ahmad Fauzan Hatim, his daughter-in-law Nur Shaliza Mohamad Salleh.

Meanwhile, Abd Rahim had applied for the forfeiture order to be suspended and enable them to file an appeal of the case to the Court of Appeal.

The High Court then ordered the defence to submit a formal application for a stay of the forfeiture order, to allow another proceeding to be held to hear arguments.

On 27 May 2019, the MACC failed in its bid to forfeit the money and assets that were seized from Abd Latif. The court also ordered the seized assets to be returned to Abd Latif, Ahmad Fauzan Hatim, and Nur Shaliza.

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