JOHOR BARU - Johor state executive councillor Datuk Abdul Latif Bandi has been charged at the Sessions Court here with 33 counts of graft.
Abdul Latif, who is the former Johor Housing and Local Government Committee chairman, was charged Wednesday under Section 28(1) (c) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act.
He was charged along with one other person - Amir Sharifuddin Abdul Raub.
The two men face 33 charges each, involving some RM30 million (S$9.5 million) in total.
By 9am, the public gallery was packed with many people standing in the court room.
However, 30 minutes later a court official ordered those standing to exit the court.
The case was prosecuted by MACC director Datuk Masri Mohd Daud, with Raja Amir Nasruddin assisting.
Bail was set at RM2 million each with one surety each. The accused were also ordered to surrender their passports.
Abdul Latif was represented Datuk Hasnal Rezua Merican.