Najib, Rosmah and 3 children in bid to stop third party claim on seized items

Najib Razak and his family are filing a notice to request a detailed list of all the items seized.

KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Najib Razak, his wife Rosmah Mansor and their three children are objecting to claims by third parties over their belongings seized by the police last year.

Their lawyer Syahirah Hanafiah said the respondents would file an application at the High Court before or on July 18.

“Basically, seized belongings under the name of the first respondent – Najib, whatever (items) seized, belong to him,” said the counsel after the case management in the chambers before deputy registrar Catherine Nicholas here today.

The belongings seized by the investigating officer between May 17, 2018 and March 11, 2019, related to an offence under Section 4 (1) or as a result of illegal activities involving the respondents.

Syahirah said they would also be filing a notice to request a detailed list of all the items seized, namely where they were seized, types of assets, brand, colour, and others.

Syahirah said the case has been fixed for mention on Aug 30 before High Court judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan.

On May 30, the High Court allowed the prosecution to publish a notice in the Gazette calling upon any third party with interest on the seized assets.

They include more than a hundred branded handbags, foreign currency in different denominations, watches, and 27 vehicles seized from Najib, Rosmah, their three children, and 13 individuals as well as companies.

Zaini made the decision after allowing the prosecution’s application under Section 56 and 61(2) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.

Upon publication of the notice in the Gazette, any third party who claims to have any interest in the property will be required to attend court, or through their lawyer, on a specified date to show cause as to why the property shall not be forfeited.

On May 7, the Attorney-General’s Chambers filed a notice of forfeiture over hundreds of items including branded handbags and 27 vehicles seized from Najib, Rosmah and their three children as well as 13 individuals and companies.

The notice was filed 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 respondents named were Najib, 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.

Apart from cash, four branded watches, 171 branded handbags, 27 pairs of expensive shoes and 40 luxury handbags were confiscated on June 11, 2018.

Meanwhile, 27 Nissan Urvan vehicles were seized on Aug 2, 2018, besides several properties and other assets.