AGC appealing against dismissal of prosecution’s application to forfeit property seized from Kedah UMNO, Habib Jewels

by BERNAMA / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) has filed an appeal against a High Court decision in dismissing an application by the prosecution to forfeit a sum of RM1.15 million that were seized from Kedah UMNO Liaison Committee (Kedah UMNO) and Habib Jewels Sdn Bhd.

The money had been frozen by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for allegedly related to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) fund scandal.

Deputy public prosecutor Abdul Rashid Sulaiman told reporters the notice of appeal was filed at the Court of Appeal last Dec 16.

“The prosecution also applied to postpone the execution of the order for the return of the property (RM1.15 million) to the respondents, namely Kedah UMNO and Habib Jewels, last Dec 20,” he said after the case management before High Court deputy registrar Mahyudin Mohmad Som today.

Kedah UMNO and Habib Jewels claimed that the monies, amounting RM1.05 million and RM100,000, respectively, were received from former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Abdul Rashid said at today’s proceeding, the court also ordered Kedah UMNO to file an affidavit-in-reply on the prosecution’s application for a stay of the order for the return of the monies by Jan 7, while Habib Jewels given until Jan 14 to do so.

The court then set Jan 7 for management of the case involving Kedah UMNO, represented by lawyer R. Hanita, and Feb 5 for Habib Jewels, represented by lawyer Gooi Yong Shuh.

Last Dec 13, High Court judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali dismissed the application by the prosecution to forfeit a sum of RM1.15 million that were seized from Kedah UMNO and Habib Jewels on the grounds that the prosecution had failed to prove its civil forfeiture cases against the two entities.