Others can fight Low forfeiture

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 20 Apr 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here fixed July 19 for third parties who wish to contest the forfeiture of monies worth over RM48mil seized from seven bank accounts belonging to Tan Sri Larry Low Hock Peng, the father of fugitive businessman Jho Low, to appear before the court.

Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan fixed the date for hearing for the parties to appear in person to show cause why the properties should not be forfeited to the government.

The judge also agreed to the pro­secution’s request to gazette a notice inviting third parties to appear to contest the forfeiture action a few days or weeks before the hearing.

“There is a need for the notice to be gazetted so that any conflicting claims could be made known to the court before the court consider the forfeiture of the assets,” he said yesterday.

The monies frozen by the autho­rities on Hock Peng’s accounts were believed to be part of the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) probe.

Earlier, public prosecutor Aaron Abilash Paul Chelliah told the court that the authorities did not know the respondent’s (Hock Peng) where­abouts as affirmed by inves­tigating officer Supt Foo Wei Min’s affidavit, which showed that he

was not in Malaysia.

“The police have also filed char­ges against him and a warrant of arrest has been issued. We have sought assistance from Interpol to find him but so far it has been unsuccessful.

“Hence, we apply to the court to dispense the service of the cause papers,” he said.

To this, Mohamed Zaini said the court was satisfied that the prosecution was unable to locate the respondent and dispensed the service of the cause papers.

The government had on March 29 filed a civil forfeiture action to freeze seven bank accounts belonging to Hock Peng with the intention to forfeit them, claiming that the money was a result of money laundering activities.

The notice of seizure dated Jan 17, 2019 was addressed to Jho Low’s mother, Goh Gaik Ewe. — Bernama


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