Johor land scam: Remand for four suspects extended

Halim Said

JOHOR BARU: Four out of six suspects being investigated for graft in the Johor land scam deal involving RM15.5 million were brought to the magistrate’s court here today for a remand extension.

Johor Baru senior court registrar Hafizah Johor Arif Johor issued a seven-day remand extension on the four suspects until Feb 9.

The remaining two suspects, identified as the two developers allegedly involved in the case, were removed from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC)’s investigation and released on bail.

The six suspects, all male, were arrested on Feb 24 for the alleged multi-million ringgit graft offence and had been in MACC custody for the past week to facilitate investigations.

One of the suspects was identified as the son of a Johor state exco member, while another was identified as the exco's own special officer.

The four still on remand comprise a lawyer, two developers and a member of the public.

Earlier, the six suspects were escorted to the Johor Baru magistrate’s court by the MACC in a convoy of six vehicles, and escorted by some 20 agency officials at around 9m.

Six vehicles entered the court grounds, and five out of six suspects were seen clad in the orange lockup overalls, while the sixth accused was wearing his own shirt.