KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The High Court here Thursday (Jan 9) allowed applications by the prosecution to forfeit to the government a total of RM3,479,300.18 that were seized from Pahang Umno Liaison Committee (Pahang Umno) and Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS).
The money had been frozen by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) last year for alleged link to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) fund scandal.
Judge Muhammad Jamil Hussin and judicial commissioner Ahmad Shahrir Mohd Salleh, presiding separate courts, ruled that the money were proceeds from unlawful activities.
Muhammad Jamil, who presided the case involving Pahang Umno, allowed the prosecution's forfeiture application on grounds the party failed to prove that the money, amounting RM2,479,300.18, belonged to them and there was no third party having interest in the money to have come forward to claim it.
Deputy public prosecutor from MACC Farah Yasmin Salleh prosecuted, while Pahang Umno was represented by lawyer Mohd Shukri Ahmad Mansor
Meanwhile, Ahmad Shahrir allowed the prosecution's application to forfeit to the government RM1mil seized from PBRS on grounds that the applicant had been able to prove the money were proceeds from unlawful activities.
The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor Nik Isfahanie Tasnim Wan Ab Rahman, while lawyer K. Lavinia represented PBRS.
The forfeiture action followed a statement by MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya last year to recover RM270mil from 1MDB.
The funds were allegedly transferred from the personal bank account of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. - Bernama
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