Jho Low’s mum accepts forfeiture notice on property

Businessman Low Taek Jo, better known as Jho Low. (Facebook pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The lawyer of businessman Low Taek Jo’s mother told a court today that he had been authorised by his client to receive the notice of motion served on her for property forfeiture.

M Puravalen explained to Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan during case management today that Goh Gaik Ewe was overseas at present.

Earlier, deputy public prosecutor Muhammad Shukri Hussain informed the court that the Attorney-General’s Chambers had not been able to serve the notice on Goh.

The forfeiture notice also involved Najib Razak, his wife Rosmah Mansor, their three children and other individuals and companies. Goh is the 13th respondent.

A property at Tanjong Bungah in Penang belonging to the 13th respondent was seized on Jan 17 this year.

Shukri requested for time to serve similar notices to a few other individuals.

Later, a spokesman for Low, through his attorneys, issued a statement which read: “The hearing today exposed the government’s attempt to railroad the asset seizure by flagrantly violating the rules and procedures intended to protect individuals’ rights.

“Once again, the government has demonstrated utter contempt for fair and lawful process.”

The High Court set May 30 for the next case management.

Also present were Najib, as first respondent, Aiman Ruslan (8th respondent), Ng Chong Hwa (14th respondent) and a representative of Syarikat Senijauhar Sdn Bhd (7th respondent).

In a separate High Court, the prosecution informed Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah that it had served a fresh notice of motion for forfeiture to Obyu Holding Sdn Bhd, relating to a diamond ring worth RM6,200.

The court fixed July 8 for case management.

Last May 7, the Attorney-General’s Chambers filed similar notices in regard to hundreds of handbags of assorted brands, cash of various currencies, watches and 27 vehicles seized from Najib, Rosmah and their three children, and 13 individuals and companies.

The notices, filed under Section 61(2) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001, listed 18 individuals and companies as respondents.

More than RM18 million were also seized from a number of accounts at Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad, Al-Rajhi Bank Berhad, Malayan Banking Berhad, CIMB Bank Berhad, RHB Bank Berhad, Public Bank Berhad, AmBank Berhad and Hong Leong Bank Berhad, between Aug 16, 2018 and March 11, 2019.

A spokesperson for Low, through his US attorneys, issued the following statement regarding this case:

“The hearing today exposed the government’s attempt to railroad the asset seizure by flagrantly violating the rules and procedures intended to protect individuals’ fundamental rights.

“Once again the government has demonstrated utter contempt for fair and lawful process.”