AGC seeks forfeiture of assets seized from Najib, 17 others

Items are carted out after a raid on a premise linked to former prime minister Najib Razak last year. (File pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The Attorney-General’s Chambers has filed a notice of forfeiture over hundreds of items including branded handbags and 27 vehicles seized from former prime minister Najib Razak, his wife Rosmah Mansor, their three children, and 13 individuals and companies.

The notice was filed on Tuesday at the Criminal High Court Registrar’s Office here and named the prosecution as the applicant with 18 individuals and companies as the respondents.

The prosecution is seeking an order from the High Court to publish a notice under Section 61 (2) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 to summon any third party who claims to have interest in the property to come before the court on the date specified in the notice, to show cause as to why the property should not be forfeited to the government.

It named Najib as the first respondent, followed by Rosmah, Riza Shahriz Abdul Aziz, Nor Ashman Razak Mohd Najib, 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 second to 18th respondents.

The prosecution is also seeking other orders deemed fair and appropriate by the court.

The application was filed on grounds that the prosecution, acting under Section 56 (1) read together with Section 376 of the Criminal Procedure Code, was satisfied that the items seized between May 17, 2018 and March 11, 2019 were related to an offence under Section 4 (1) or as the result of illegal activities involving the respondents.

The application was also supported by an affidavit affirmed by a deputy public prosecutor and two police investigating officers on May 6, 2019.

Among the valuables seized on May 17, 2018 and June 11, 2018 were 52 branded handbags, 10 watches and cash in different denominations: RM537,000, £2,700, rupee Sri Lanka (2,870,000), old ringgit notes (RM187,750), £320,500, rupiah (13,177,00), US$100, hryvnies (Ukraine) (376), €20, France (50), South African (10 rand), Singapore dollar (40), Riyal (531), Philippines peso (740) and new ringgit notes (RM21,150).

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.

Twenty-seven Nissan Urvan vehicles were seized on Aug 2, 2018.

Money amounting to more than RM18 million in several accounts at different banks – Bank Islam Malaysia Bhd, Al-Rajhi Bank Bhd, Malayan Banking Bhd, CIMB Bank Bhd, RHB Bank Bhd, Public Bank Bhd, AmBank Bhd and the Hong Leong Bank Bhd – was also frozen between Aug 16, 2018 and March 11, 2019.

Also seized was a piece of property in Tanjong Bungah, Penang, belonging to the 13th respondent, on Jan 17 this year.

The prosecution also filed a similar motion against Obyu Holding Sdn Bhd as the sole respondent, for the High Court to publish a notice to summon any third party who claims to have interest in items seized from the company to come before the court on the date specified in the notice to show cause as to why these should not be forfeited to the government.

Among the items seized on May 17, 2018 include 11,990 pieces of jewellery, 401 watches, 16 pieces of watch accessories, 234 pairs of eyewear and 306 handbags, while cash amounting to RM114,164,393.44 in various denominations was confiscated on Jan 31, 2019.

A piece of property in Kuala Lumpur was also seized on Nov 1, 2018.

A Bernama check at the court found the case was brought before the Criminal High Court deputy registrar.

However, a date for the case to be heard has yet to be fixed.