The Johor Bahru Court of Appeal acquitted Abd Latif Bandi and two others of 37 counts of corruption and money laundering.
Also released alongside former ex-Johor are his son Ahmad Fauzan Hatim and property consultant Amir Shariffuddin Abd Raub.
According The starThe trial court judge, Kamarudin Kamsun, said today that the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case against the trio.
Kamarudin ordered the total discharge and acquittal of the three suspects and ordered the bail be returned immediately.
The judge, however, said that the MACC has 14 days to appeal the ruling.
Latif and the other two were accused of corruption involving lands that cost more than RM30 million in 2017.
Of the charges, 33 were under Section 28 (1) (C) of the 2009 MACC Act, and four in Section 32 (8) (c) and Section 89 of Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Illegal Products . Activities Act of 2001.
They were accused of receiving the funds as kickbacks to change the bumiputera status of the land.
Following the arrest of Latif, the MACC invaded his home in Johor Bahru and seized 150 luxury bags and a luxury vehicle.
During the trial, about 63 witnesses were interrogated, The star.
The trio was represented by a team of lawyers led by Hasnal Rezua Merican, while promoters Mohamad Fadhly Mohd Zamry and Tengku Amir Zaki Tengku Abdul Rahman attended the MACC.