UMNO will go ahead with legal action to claim back RM116.7mil in cash, seized during a recent raid by the authorities, says its president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
“We respect the view of the police but we have initiated legal action to claim back the money.
“We will do it based on proper legal process,” the Bagan Datuk MP said at Parliament lobby.
He was asked to comment on the police filing an application to strike out a civil suit by Umno to reclaim the money seized on May 17, stating among others that the party had no locus standi (the right to bring an action) in the matter.
On whether Umno has evidence that the money belonged to the party, Dr Ahmad Zahid said this would be adduced during the civil suit.
On Sept 24, Umno filed a suit to reclaim the money through its executive secretary Datuk Mohd Sumali Reduan.
The party named Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Datuk Seri Amar Singh, CCID deputy director (intelligence and operations) Datuk Mohd Sakri Arifin, CCID Asst Supt R. Rajagopal, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun and the Malaysian government as defendants.