Prosecution seeks time extension over Najib and family’s application to inspect seized items

Malaysia



KUALA LUMPUR: The prosecution will file an application for a time extension to execute a court order relating to an application by Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his family, who sought to inspect their belongings that were seized by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

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Deputy public prosecutor Harris Ong Mohd Jeffery Ong told the High Court that the prosecution was not able to execute the order due to security reasons.

He said the prosecution had discussed with the defence for the inspection of the items, which were kept at Bank Negara, to be conducted on Friday (Feb 14).

“However, we received a call from Bank Negara yesterday (Feb 13) evening, informing us that the physical inspection could not be done.

“We will be filing for a time extension and supporting affidavit to state why the order could not be carried out in 14 days,” he said during case management today (Feb 14).

Lawyer Nur Syahirah Hanapiah, who represented Najib’s daughter Nooryana Najwa, did not object to it.

“Since the instruction from Bank Negara was only given to us yesterday, we have no choice but not to object to their extension of time because it involved our interest as well, ” she said.

Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan ordered the prosecution to file the application for a time extension as soon as possible.

“If there was any security issue between the prosecution and Bank Negara, that is for you to work it out. I suggest for the prosecution to file the application today or next Monday.

“If there is no objection from the MACC, I will hear the application immediately,” said the judge.

The court then fixed Feb 17 for further case management to hear the time extension application.

On Feb 3, Justice Zaini allowed an application by Najib, 67, his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, 69, and their daughter Nooryana, 32, to carry a physical inspection on the items that were linked to the 1Malaysia Development Bhd.

The court ordered for the inspection to be carried out at a premise fixed by the prosecution.

It also ordered that the inspection should be done only once and within two weeks from the date the order was issued.

On July 18 last year, Najib, Rosmah and Nooryana filed the application to be allowed to physically inspect the items seized by the police.

They claimed the pictures of the items provided by the prosecution were “not clear”.

In a notice of motion, Najib is seeking for the prosecution to provide or supply colour pictures of the items, as well as their detailed descriptions such as the label, symbol, gift card, package and box of the movable properties that were seized on May 17,2018.

He had filed the application on the grounds that parts of the boxes, handbags and containers that were seized had been removed from its original wrappings and this had caused confusion in their identification process.

Among the items mentioned in the notice are 315 handbags of various luxury brands, 14 watches and 27 pairs of shoes of various brands, as well as cash in various currencies, including RM537,000, £2,700,870,000 Sri Lanka rupees, RM187,750 in old notes and £320,500.





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