Govt recovers 1MDB-linked money

KUALA LUMPUR: A sum of RM369,662 frozen from the bank accounts of Naza Quest Auto Sdn Bhd and Maran MP Datuk Seri Dr Ismail Abd Muttalib in the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) investigation has become the property of the government.

The government had sought to forfeit RM269,662 from Naza Quest Auto and RM100,000 from Ismail.

Lawyer Md Yunos Sharif, who is representing Naza Quest Auto, told High Court judge Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali that his client agreed to the forfeiture of the RM269,662 in its Maybank Islamic current account.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Allan Suman Pillay of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission said they would withdraw the application to forfeit once the sum was received from Naza Quest Auto.

DPP Allan said Ismail had also agreed to surrender the money through a letter dated June 24 this year.

“The respondent also applied to be exempted from attending court. As such, I am applying for the RM100,000 to be forfeited to the Malaysian government,” he said.

Justice Nazlan allowed RM269,662 from Naza Quest Auto and RM100,000 from Ismail’s account to be forfeited to the government.

For three other entities namely Sarawak United People’s Party, Kedah Umno and Habib Jewels Sdn Bhd, Justice Nazlan set Nov 22, Nov 13 and Nov 5 respectively, to hear the forfeiture applications by the prosecution against the three respondents.

The prosecution has gazetted for the presence of the three parties yesterday but none of them showed up in court.

Up to yesterday, eight of the 41 entities had surrendered money from their respective accounts to the government.

The forfeiture applications were made under Section 56(1) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act.

The prosecution also filed an application to gazette the notice for third parties, who have interest in the confiscated properties to be present in court and to state their claims under Section 56(1) and 61(2) of the Act. — Bernama

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