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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

AGC not appealing ruling to return luxury items to Najib, Rosmah


Jewellery, luxury watches and designer handbags were confiscated from Pavilion Residences in Kuala Lumpur on May 17, 2018. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) says it is not appealing a ruling by the High Court to return to Najib Razak and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, RM80 million worth of jewellery, luxury watches and designer handbags confiscated from Pavilion Residences here on May 17, 2018.

Attorney-General Idrus Harun, when contacted, said the AGC would not be appealing the decision by justice Jamil Hussin.

“Yes, the AGC is not appealing against the decision of the learned judge as we agree with His Lordship’s decision,” said Idrus via a WhatsApp message.

On Nov 14, Jamil ruled that the prosecution had failed to prove that all the items confiscated by the police from the Pavilion Residences, which was owned by Obyu Holdings Sdn Bhd, were obtained through the misappropriation of 1MDB funds.

The judge also rejected the prosecution’s request to stay the execution of the decision pending an appeal to be filed and decided by the Court of Appeal.

The former prime minister and his wife are third parties in the prosecution’s application as the plaintiff to forfeit the rights to the items.

Any third party who claims to have an interest in the confiscated goods can appear in court to present reasons why they should not be forfeited to the government.

In 2019, the prosecution had filed a forfeiture application against Obyu Holdings to forfeit the 2,435 pieces of jewellery, seven luxury watches and 29 designer handbags and cash amounting to RM114,164,393.44 allegedly belonging to Umno and Najib.

However, the government failed to forfeit the money.

The items, alleged to be proceeds of illegal activities linked to the 1MDB scandal, were confiscated under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.

The jewellery and handbags allegedly belonged to Rosmah and the watches to Najib. - FMT

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