Najib’s bid to check his things delayed

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  • Saturday, 15 Feb 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: The prosecution will file an application for time extension to execute a court order relating to an application by Datuk Seri Najib Razak (pic) and his family to inspect their belongings that were seized by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

DPP Harris Ong Mohd Jeffery Ong told the High Court that the prosecution was not able to execute the order due to security reasons.

He said the prosecution had discussed with the defence on the inspection of the items, which were kept at Bank Negara that was supposed to be conducted yesterday.

“However, we received a call from Bank Negara on Thursday evening informing us that the inspection could not be done due to security reasons.

“Therefore, we will be filing for a time extension and supporting affidavit to state why the order could not be carried out in 14 days,” he said during case management yesterday.

Lawyer Nur Syahirah Hanapiah, who represented Nooryana Najwa (Najib’s daughter), did not object.

“We have decided to continue with the inspection. Since the instruction from Bank Negara was only given to us yesterday (Thursday), we have no choice but to not object to their extension of time because it involves our interests as well,” she said.

Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan then ordered the prosecution to file the application for a time extension as soon as possible.

“If there is any security issue between the prosecution and the central bank, that is for you to work it out. I suggest the prosecution file the application today (Friday) or next Monday.

“If there is no objection from the MACC, I will hear the application immediately,” said the judge.

The court then fixed Feb 17 for further case management to hear the time extension application.

On Feb 3, Justice Zaini allowed an application by Najib, his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and daughter Nooryana, to carry out a physical inspection of the items that were linked to the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

The court ordered the inspection to be carried out at premises fixed by the prosecution.

It also ordered that the inspection be done only once and within two weeks from the date the order was issued.

On July 18, 2019, Najib, 67, Rosmah, 69, and Nooryana, 32, filed the discovery application to be allowed to inspect the items seized by police.

They claimed the pictures of the items provided by the prosecution were “not clear”.

In a notice of motion, Najib is seeking for the prosecution to provide or supply colour pictures of the items, as well as their detailed descriptions, such as the label, symbol, gift card, package and box of the movable properties that were seized on May 17, 2018.

He had filed the application because parts of the boxes, handbags and containers that were seized had been removed from their original wrappings, and this has caused confusion in their identification process.

Among the items mentioned in the notice are 315 handbags of various luxury brands, 14 watches, 27 pairs of shoes, as well as cash in various currencies.

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