Court allows amendment in notice of motion in forfeiture suit against Najib, Rosmah

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here has allowed an application by the prosecution to amend the notice of motion involving a forfeiture of assets including hundreds of handbags, watches and 27 cars from Datuk Seri Najib Razak, his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and 16 others.

Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan allowed the application after the court was informed by deputy public prosecutor Faten Hadni Khairuddin that amendments were required in the notice of motion.

She said the amendments required were on the notice of motion itself and three supporting affidavits affirmed by former deputy public prosecutor Fatnin Yusof, Asst Comm (ACP) R.Rajagopal and Bukit Aman Special Investigation Division of the Anti-Money-Laundering Team Supt Foo Wei Min.

As the amendments involved major corrections, the prosecution suggested that it should file a clean copy of the notice of motion and affidavits.

"We worry that it might cause confusion to the court as well as the respondents in the case, so we will file anew, ” she said here on Thursday.

DPP Faten said the errors in the document that needed amendments were on bank account numbers, type of accounts, names of banks and branches, and the dates of seizure in the supporting affidavits.

The amendments would be filed by Sept 3, she added.

Meanwhile, Najib’s lawyer Fazreen Hazrina Rahim said the respondents did not have objections to the amendments but asked the court to speed up the third party notice gazette on the assets.

"Since the errors were only realised by the prosecution at the last minute, we are asking for the gazette of the third party notice to be expedited," she said.

The court fixed Sept 4 for next mention.

In the notice of motion, the prosecution named Najib, Rosmah, his stepson and Rosmah’s son Riza Shahriz Abdul Aziz, his son Nor Ashman Razak Mohd Najib, his daughter Nooryana Najwa Mohd Najib, Mohd Kyizzad Mesran, Senijauhar Sdn Bhd, Aiman Ruslan, Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia, Yayasan Semesta, Yayasan Mustika Kasih, Rembulan Kembara Sdn Bhd, Goh Gaik Ewe, Ng Chong Hwa, Lim Hwee Bin, Kee Kok Thiam, Tan Vern Tact and Geh Choh Hun as the first to 18th respondent.

Among the items seized were 52 branded handbags, 10 watches and cash in different denominations – RM537,000; £2,700; 2,870,000 Sri Lankan rupees; RM187,750 in old notes; £320,500; 13,177,000 rupiah; US$100, Hryvnias (Ukraine) 376; 20 euros; 50 francs, South African 10 Rand, S$40; 531 riyal; Philippines pesos 740, and RM21,150 in new notes which were seized on May 17,2018.

Also seized on the same day were four branded watches, 171 branded handbags and 27 pairs of expensive shoes while 40 luxury handbags were confiscated on June 11,2018.

A total of 27 Nissan Urvan cars were also seized on Aug 2,2018 along with several properties and other assets.

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