May 4: Hearing of govt’s application for stay of court’s ruling in forfeiture suit against UMNO, MCA

by BERNAMA/ pic by RAZAK GHAZALI

THE High Court has set  new date to hear the government’s application for a stay of  the court’s ruling in dismissing its application to forfeit over RM194 million that were seized from UMNO, Wanita MCA, and two companies.

Deputy public prosecutor Samihah Rhazali said the hearing had initially been fixed for today before, but the date has been vacated in view of the enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO).

“The prosecution and lawyers received an email from the court last Friday (March 27) notifying that the hearing today has be vacated and rescheduled to May 4,” she told Bernama via a WhatsApp message today.

She said the prosecution had also filed an appeal against the High Court’s dismissal of its forfeiture application at the Court of Appeal last month.

The money seized by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission is allegedly linked to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) fraudulent fund scandal.

On Feb 7, Justice Mohamed Zaini dismissed the government’s application to forfeit over RM194 million seized from UMNO, Wanita MCA, and the two companies, Binsabi Sdn Bhd and Perano Sdn Bhd.

The judge made the verdict on grounds that the monies could not be convincingly said were received from former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and that there was no evidence to prove that the monies came from unlawful activities.

The forfeiture applications against UMNO involved RM192,965,413.61 and RM300,000 against Wanita MCA, while Perano which sells hijab, and Binsabi  which supplies tents, involved RM337,634.78 and RM827,250, respectively, which they allegedly received from the former prime minister.

The prosecution filed the forfeiture application against the four respondents in accordance with the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.