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Court sets March 26 to hear govt's forfeiture bid as no third parties come forward to claim Najib and Rosmah's seized items

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 14): The High Court here has set March 26, 2021 to hear the prosecution’s application to forfeit items seized in a raid on former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s residences in 2018, after no interested third parties had come forward to claim the seized items.

The High Court had allowed interested third parties to claim the property, comprising hundreds of handbags of various brands, cash, watches and 27 cars, that were seized from Najib, his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and 16 others.

However, as of the 11am deadline this morning, Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan was informed by the prosecution that no third parties had come forward to lay claim to any of the items.

At the case mention today, Zaini, on setting the date to hear the prosecution’s forfeiture application, said they must send in their submissions by Jan 15, and gave until Feb 8 for Najib and others to provide a reply.

Deputy public prosecutor Faten Hadni Khairuddin appeared for the prosecution.

The 16 others named in the prosecution's notice of motion are: Najib and Rosmah's three children — namely Nor Ashman Razak Mohd Najib, Nooryana Najwa Mohd Najib and Riza Shahriz Abdul Aziz (Najib’s stepson) — Mohd Kyizzad Mesran, Senijauhar Sdn Bhd, Aiman Ruslan, Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia, Yayasan Semesta, Yayasan Mustika Kasih, Rembulan Kembara Sdn Bhd, Goh Gaik Ewe (Low Taek Jho’s mother), Roger Ng Chong Hwa (former Goldman Sachs officer) and wife, Lim Hwee Bin, Kee Kok Thiam, Tan Vern Tact and Geh Choh Hun.

The government is seeking to recover 263 pieces of branded handbags, 40 pieces of branded watches, 27 pairs of branded shoes, cash in various denominations including some RM725,000, 26 Nissan Urvan vehicles, and a Nissan X-Trail.

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