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Wednesday August 28, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday August 28, 2013 MYT 7:12:29 AM
by maizatul nazlina
KUALA LUMPUR: A former daughter-in-law of Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud told a Syariah High Court here that her former husband was unfaithful before they divorced two years ago.
Shahnaz A. Majid, 49, said Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir had failed to provide her conjugal rights (nafkah batin) for 10 years.
“He is not fair to me,” she testified in the trial of her RM100mil claim for gift (mutaah) as a divorced settlement yesterday.
Shahnaz also filed an application to get RM300mil in matrimonial property as a divorce settlement.
Shahnaz is also claiming 50% of all assets owned by Mahmud.
They include luxury cars, houses in various locations, land in Sarawak and shares.
Questioned by her lawyer Akbardin Abdul Kader, Shahnaz said she found out about the relationship between Mahmud and an Australian woman when he brought her to his sister’s wedding in Kuching around 2000.
“He has a son with the woman whose name is Louise Hiley. I am not sure whether he married her,” said Shahnaz, who is the older sister of jazz singer Datuk Sheila Majid.
Shahnaz said she later found out from The Peek magazine in its September 2002 issue that Mahmud also married a Russian woman Elena Vasilenko.
“Mahmud and Vasilenko even came to my house to invite our son to go out,” she said.
Responding to another question, she said Mahmud had also abused her physically and emotionally.
The couple were married on Jan 9, 1992 and divorced on May 11, 2011.
They have a son, who was born in 1993.
Besides Akbardin, Shahnaz was also represented by Dr Rafir Mohd Shafir while Mahmud by Datuk Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar and Saadiah Din.
The trial before Syarie judge Muhamad Abdul Karim Wahab continues on Sept 2.
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