High Court fixes Feb 27 for Aman Palestin judicial review leave application

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has fixed Feb 27 for hearing Aman Palestin's application for leave to start its judicial review bid against a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) decision to freeze its bank accounts in relation to an investigation.

Justice Amarjeet Singh fixed the date during case management here on Tuesday (Feb 6).

The court was also informed by Senior Federal Counsel Nur Irmawatie Daud that the Attorney General's Chambers (AGC) would be objecting to Aman Palestin's leave application.

Meanwhile, Aman Palestin's lawyer Muhammad Rafique Rashid Ali told the court that the application needed to be heard by the court urgently as there is an urgent need to send aid to Palestinians over the war in Gaza.

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The judge also fixed Feb 13 and Feb 20 for parties to file their written submissions.

Aman Palestin filed the application for leave on Jan 31.

It named the MACC Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki, MACC investigation division senior director Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hashim, MACC anti-money laundering division director Datuk Mohamad Zamri Zainul Abidin as respondents.

Aside from the above, MACC officers Mohd Afiq Mohammed Hassan and Muhammad Zuhdi Mohd Yusoff and the government were also named as respondents.

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In the application, Aman Palestin is seeking a certiorari order to set aside the MACC's decision relating to a freezing order under Section 44(1) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorist Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (AMLATFPUAA) 2001 on Nov 24, 2023, whereby 11 bank accounts belonging to Aman Palestin had been frozen.

The NGO also sought for a mandamus order for the MACC to vary the freeze order for a sum of RM11,026,215.60 to be unfrozen immediately for the purpose of daily expenses, staff salary, administration, operation for three months onwards.

It also sought a court declaration that the appellant could still collect funds from the public and directly channel it to the war victims in Gaza.

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