Remand extended for 4 suspects in Johor real estate graft case

Halim Said

JOHOR BARU: Four suspects in the Johor real estate corruption case have been remanded for another week, while another two suspects have been released on bail.

Johor Baru sessions court senior registrar Hafizah Johor Arif Johor today issued a seven-day remand on the four suspects, including the son of a state executive councillor and his special officer, until March 9.

The other two who were still in remand were the lawyer and a civilian.

The two developers allegedly involved in the case, were released on police bail.

Earlier, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission officers were seen escorting the suspects into the Johor Baru court complex.

They arrived in an entourage of six vehicles with 20 of the agency's officials at 9am. A swarm of media personnel tailed them from the ground floor to the courtroom entrance.

Five of the six men suspects were clad in orange lockup attire while the sixth man was in regular clothing.

MACC had arrested the six suspects, aged 25 to 50, on Feb 24 over their suspected involvement in a multi-million ringgit graft case involving Johor real estate.

MACC froze RM15.5 mil from 45 bank accounts and seized 21 luxury cars, five high-powered motorcycles and RM500,000 in local and foreign currencies.

A seventh suspect in the same case was picked up on Feb 28.