Government’s forfeiture case against Najib, wife, 16 others rescheduled to May 19


THE government’s forfeiture suit against former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, his family and several others has been rescheduled to May 19 for case management.

High Court deputy registrar Catherine Nicholas told Bernama that all parties involved in the case had been notified of the new date via an email.

The case was scheduled for case management today before High Court Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan  but it was vacated following the implementation of the Movement Control Order by the government.

On May 7, 2019,  the government, through the prosecution filed a notice of forfeiture over hundreds of items, including branded handbags, watches, several properties, other assets and 27 vehicles  that were seized from Najib, his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, their three children and 13 individuals and companies.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had seized the items, which were allegedly linked to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) fund scandal, on May 17, June 11 and Aug 2, 2018.

On Feb 3, 2020, Justice Mohamed Zaini allowed the applications by Najib, Rosmah and their daughter Nooryana Najwa (picture; centre) to physically inspect the items, which were kept in a vault at Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM).

Justice Mohamed Zaini ordered the prosecution to allow Najib and his family to physically inspect the items and held that they should be given the opportunity to inspect the confiscated items.

On Feb 22, 2020, they went to BNM and spent more than three hours inspecting the items.

On July 18, 2019, Najib filed a notice of motion to inspect and obtain particulars on the said assets on the grounds that parts of the boxes, handbags and containers that were seized had been removed from their original wrappings, and this has caused confusion in their identification process.

Rosmah and Nooryana Najwa, meanwhile, filed an application for leave to be allowed to physically inspect the items.

Among the items mentioned in both the notices are 315 handbags of various brands, 14 watches and 27 pairs of shoes of various brands, as well as cash in various currencies, including RM537,000, pound sterling 2,700, Sri Lanka rupee 2,870,000, RM187,750 in old ringgit notes and 320,500 pound sterling.