KUALA LUMPUR — Jan. 16, 2019: Baling Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim has pleaded not guilty to charges of accepting RM5.2 million in bribes in connection with road projects in Perak and Kedah, and nine counts of money laundering involving nearly RM140 million.
On the first, Azeez, 52, was charged with corruptly receiving on December 8, 2010, RM1.2 million from one Mohammad Redzuan Mohanan Abdullah, a director of Menuju Asas Sdn. Bhd., as gratification for helping the company to secure projects from the government through direct negotiation and limited tender, all worth RM197,805,750.18.
On the second and third, Azeez was charged with receiving RM4 million from the same person as gratification to secure projects worth RM644,480,000.00 through limited tender from the Works Ministry. The offence was allegedly committed on June 13, 2017, and April 10, 2018.
Azeez’s brother, Datuk Abdul Latif, 61, pleaded not guilty to two counts of abetting Azeez, reports Bernama.
Former Federal Court judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram, appointed as senior deputy public prosecutor, led the prosecution team.