Notice to let third parties challenge forfeiture claim


KUALA LUMPUR: A notice will be published to allow third parties with interest in money allegedly received from 1Malaysia Develop­ment Bhd (1MDB) to challenge the recent Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) forfeiture claim.

High Court judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan made the order yesterday after allowing an application from DPP Kamal Baharin Omar, who sought two months from yesterday to gazette the notice in the forfeiture claim against seven entities and individuals.

The gazette must be executed by Aug 25.

The notice in the gazette is to invite third parties to appear in person or represented by counsel to contest the forfeiture action before a hearing.

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

The court also fixed July 29 for case management.

Earlier, Kamal Baharin informed the court that one of the respondents – former Paya Besar MP Datuk Seri Abdul Manan Ismail – had passed away on Feb 12 last year.

“The prosecution would need two weeks to file an application to change the deceased’s name (in the suit) to a trustee,” Kamal Baharin added.

The court fixed July 4 for case management for the prosecution to change the name.

In the proceeding yesterday, seven entities and individuals were named in the suit.

The seven are Umno, Wanita MCA, Umno Sabah Liaison Com­mittee, Abdul Manan, former Dom­estic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Hasan Malek and companies Binsabi Sdn Bhd and Perano Sdn Bhd.

They are the first batch out of 41 respondents named in a forfeiture suit.

On June 19, the MACC filed a civil forfeiture suit against 41 entities comprising individuals, companies and political parties.

Due to the large number of entities involved, the suit has been broken down into several smaller applications by the High Court.

A suit involving the second batch of respondents is expected to be heard at the High Court on July 2.

The forfeiture claim aims to recover a total of RM270mil, the biggest forfeiture by the anti-graft body so far.

Umno was the biggest recipient, with RM212mil going into the bank accounts of several state liaison committees, divisions and leaders.


   

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