Hearing of 1MDB-linked forfeiture suit against Najib, 17 others vacated due to MCO 3.0

19-Jun-2021 Intellasia | Malaysiakini | 5:02 AM Print This Post

The initially scheduled hearing of the government’s 1MDB-linked forfeiture suit against Najib Abdul Razak and 17 others today has been vacated due to the ongoing movement control order (MCO 3.0).

The former prime minister’s counsel Nur Syahirah Hanapiah said the hearing initially scheduled before the Kuala Lumpur High Court has been vacated.

“The court hearing has been converted to case management via Zoom at 9am this morning,” the lawyer said when contacted.

She added that today’s case management, involving all parties in the legal action, will seek to fix a new hearing date.

The previous hearing was on May 7 before judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan.

Today’s initially scheduled hearing was for the prosecution to raise counter-submissions against the respondent’s arguments for the suit to be dismissed.

Meanwhile, when contacted later this afternoon, Nur Syahirah confirmed that the court has fixed July 23 for the new hearing date of the forfeiture suit.

On May 8, 2019, the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) filed the 1MDB-linked forfeiture suit against Najib and the 17 others comprising individuals and companies.

The legal action is over the seizure of hundreds of items, including luxury handbags and 27 vehicles, from the 18 respondents.

In the 1MDB-linked forfeiture suit, Najib was named as the first respondent, followed by his wife Rosmah Mansor, stepson Risa Shahriz Abdul Aziz (better known as Risa Aziz), son Nor Ashman Razak, and daughter Nooryana Najwa as the second, third, fourth and fifth respondents respectively.

The others are Mohd Kyizzad Mesran, Senijauhar Sdn Bhd, Aiman Ruslan, Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia, Yayasan Semesta, Yayasan Mustika Kasih, Rembulan Kembara Sdn Bhd, Goh Gaik Ewe (the mother of 1MDB-linked businessperson Low Taek Jho or Jho Low), former Goldman Sachs banker Roger Ng, lawyer Lim Hwee Bin, Kee Kok Thiam, Tan Vern Tact and Geh Choh Hun.

Kee, Tan and Geh are alleged associates of Jho Low who is a key figure in the 1MDB matter.

Among the valuables seized on May 17, 2018, and on June 11, 2018, were 52 branded handbags, 10 watches and cash in different denominations RM187,750 in old notes, RM21,150 in new notes, GBP 320,500 in old notes, GBP 2,700 in new notes, $100, euro 20, S$40, 2,870,000 Sri Lankan rupees, 13,177.00 rupiahs, 376 hryvnias (the Ukrainian currency), 50 francs, 10 rands, 531 riyals, and 740 Philippine pesos.

Also seized on the same day were four branded watches, 171 high-end handbags and 27 pairs of shoes while 40 luxury handbags were confiscated on June 11, 2018.

On August 2, 2018, some 27 Nissan Urvan vehicles were also seized by the authorities.



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