MACC civil forfeiture suit against Yayasan Penyelidikan Transformasi set for Nov 26

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  • Monday, 21 Oct 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here set Nov 26 to hear the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's (MACC) civil forfeiture suit against Yayasan Penyelidikan Transformasi.

High Court judge Justice Datuk Rozana Ali Yusoff fixed the date, after no third-party claimants came forward following the publication of third-party notice on Sept 10.

MACC is seeking to forfeit RM407,011.46 of the education foundation's funds that were allegedly taken from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

MACC Deputy Public Prosecutor Farah Yasmin Salleh earlier had requested for the funds to be forfeited, as there were no third-party claimants coming forward, and that Yayasan Penyelidikan Transformasi had not contested the forfeiture.

DPP Farah said that the foundation had sent a letter on July 9, stating that it will not contest the suit.

Justice Rozana, however, asked for a representative from Yayasan Penyelidikan Transformasi to be present at court before the funds can be forfeited to the government.

Meanwhile, laywer Syahrul Syazwan Salehin, who is representing Johor Umno's liaison committee, told the media that the High Court will hear the amendment for MACC's civil forfeiture suit against the division on Dec 6.

Syahrul said this after a case management along with MACC Deputy Public Prosecutor Nik Haslinie Hashim in chambers in front of deputy registrar Farah Azura Mohd Saad.

The commission was seeking to forfeit RM677,872.55, which were allegedly acquired using funds siphoned from 1MDB.

He added that the court also ordered both sides to send in their written submission by Dec 2.

On June 19, MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya announced that it had filed forfeiture suits against 41 entities for receiving money allegedly misappropriated from 1MDB funds.

The commission is seeking to recover RM270mil, disbursed from former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's personal bank account.

The suit was filed under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.

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