Judge Ahmad Kamal to hear Bersatu’s second judicial review

KUALA LUMPUR – The second judicial review application filed by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) against the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over the seizure of its two bank accounts, will be heard by High Court Judge Datuk Ahmad Kamal Md Shahid.

Bersatu’s counsel Rosli Dahlan when confirming the matter said during today’s online proceedings, the political party applied for the action to be transferred to the civil court presided by Judge Ahmad Kamal, to which High Court Judge Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid allowed.

The political party’s judicial review leave application in relation to the seizure of the accounts was set to be heard before Judge Wan Ahmad today.

Rosli said since the transfer bid was not objected to by the Attorney-General’s Chambers, the court then fixed July 14 for further case management.

For the record, last month, Judge Ahmad Kamal was the one who allowed the party’s application for leave to commence judicial review proceedings to challenge the MACC decision to freeze its bank accounts for investigation and the travel ban by the Immigration Department against its president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

On May 29, Capt (R) Datuk Muhammad Suhaimi Yahya, as a public officer of Bersatu, through Messrs Chetan Jethwani & Chas filed the said application for leave to initiate a judicial review to challenge the MACC action to seize its bank accounts for investigation.

He named Attorney-General Tan Sri Idrus Harun and MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki as the first and second respondents respectively and 20 other individuals as the third to 22nd respondents.

Bersatu claimed that on April 19, its CIMB and AmBank bank accounts were seized without any seizure order given to it under Section 50(1) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (AMLATFPUAA) 2001.

Bersatu claimed that MACC released a statement on April 20 that both accounts were seized on April 11 but never informed them on the said date. – Bernama / pic TMR File