AGC initiates action to forfeit RM133mil of Najib's cash and valuables


KUALA LUMPUR: The Attorney General's Chambers (AGC) wants to forfeit some RM133mil in cash, jewellery and other luxury items seized from Datuk Seri Najib Razak (pic), his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and 17 others, which is believed to have been purchased using money from 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

Two notices of motion and supporting affidavits were filed at the High Court registry here Wednesday (May 8).

In the notices, the public prosecutor, who is named as the applicant, applied for a court order from the High Court to gazette a notice inviting third parties to appear in person or represented by counsel to contest the forfeiture action a few days or weeks before a hearing.

This is for the third parties to show cause why the said properties should not be forfeited to the government.

The date of hearing has yet to be fixed.

The notices also said that the AGC was applying to forfeit the assets after being satisfied that the properties seized were the subject matter or evidence in relation to the commission of offences under Section 4(1) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act, or proceeds of unlawful activity.

Najib's defence lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah said they would challenge the forfeiture applications.

"We have yet to receive notices with regard to the applications.

"We will immediately file a challenge the minute the notices are served on us.

"It is unfair and a rush job as the case against my client has yet to be adjudicated," he added.

The first notice named Najib, Rosmah, their children Nor Ashman Razak, 29; Nooryana Najwa, 31, and Rosmah's film producer son Riza Shahriz Abdul Aziz, 43, as respondents.

The notice also named eight individuals – Mohd Kyizzad Mesran, 38; Aiman Ruslan, 32; Goh Gaik Ewe, 67; Ng Chong Hwa, 47; Lim Hwee Bin, 48; Kee Kok Thiam, 47; Tan Vern Tact, 43, and Geh Choh Hun, 40.

Ng Chong Hwa is also known as Roger Ng, a former Goldman Sachs banker who recently claimed trial at a New York court over the 1MDB scandal.

Goh is the mother of fugitive financier Low Taek Jho, or Jho Low.

It named companies – Senijauhar Sdn Bhd, Rembulan Kembara Sdn Bhd – and three foundations; Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia, Yayasan Semesta and Yayasan Mustika Kasih.

The items listed are luxury goods (263 handbags, 14 watches and 27 shoes), 27 vehicles, RM19,064,205.58, multiple foreign currencies and a property in Tanjung Bungah, Penang.

A third company, Obyu Holding Sdn Bhd, is the sole respondent in a second notice of motion that was filed separately.

The AGC sought to forfeit 11,990 pieces of jewellery, 401 watches and 16 unit of watch accessories, 234 sunglasses, 306 handbags, RM114,164,393.44 in cash and a property in Kuala Lumpur from Obyu Holding.

It was understood that the notice of motion against Obyu Holding was to forfeit assets that were seized from a unit in Pavilion Residences while the notice of motion against Najib and 17 others were for assets seized from three homes and around Johor and other places.