Court of Appeal sets Sept 2 for decision in forfeiture suit against Umno, Wanita MCA, seven others

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The Court of Appeal set Sept 2 for a decision on the prosecution's appeal against a High Court ruling dismissing a forfeiture application against Umno and Wanita MCA, as well as six other entities, involving millions of ringgit.

The court will also decide on the same day an appeal by the Pahang Umno Liaison Committee against a High Court’s decision, made on Jan 9 2020, in allowing the prosecution to forfeit RM2,479,300.18 that was seized from the committee.

The money, seized by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), was allegedly linked to the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (IMDB) fund scandal.

A panel of three judges, led by Datuk Abdul Karim Abdul Jalil, set the date after hearing submissions from the prosecution and lawyers of the entities concerned in a proceeding conducted virtually through the Zoom application.

"We will give the decision on Sept 2 at 9am," said Judge Abdul Karim, who was sitting with Justices Datuk Hadhariah Syed Ismail and Datuk Abu Bakar Jais.

Earlier, the court heard submissions by lawyers Datuk Hariharan Tara Singh, representing Umno; Datuk Ben Chan for Wanita MCA; Thevini Nayagam for Perano and K&Z Enterprise; G. Nadaraja for the Kedah Umno Liaison Committee and Mohd Khalil Tajuddin for Binsabi Sdn Bhd.

Deputy public prosecutor Muhammad Saifuddin Hashim Musaimi submitted on behalf of the prosecution.

The prosecution is appealing against the decision of the Kuala Lumpur High Court in dismissing its application to forfeit RM192,965,413.61 belonging to Umno; Wanita MCA (RM300,000), Perano, a company that sells hijabs, and Binsabi Sdn Bhd which supplies tents, involved RM337,634.78 and RM827,250, respectively; Habib Jewels Sdn Bhd (RM100,000); K&Z Enterprise Sdn Bhd (RM138,359.60); Kedah Umno Liaison Committee (RM1.05 million) and Hattatex Trading (RM111,590). - Bernama

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