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Federal Court to hear Shafee's bid to expunge 1MDB-linked money laundering, tax evasion affidavit on Jan 21

PUTRAJAYA (Dec 24): The Federal Court reconfirmed today that it will hear on Jan 21, 2021 lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah’s (pictured) application to expunge an affidavit related to the money laundering and tax evasion charges against him involving RM9.5 million, which is alleged to have come from 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

The date was confirmed again following case management today before Federal Court senior assistant registrar Intan Syafinaz Ros Lin.

Shafee's lawyer Sarah Abishegam also confirmed the apex court's hearing date when contacted by theedgemarkets.com.

“This would be a physical hearing,” Sarah said.

It was reported that the affidavit, filed by Siti Rahayu Mohd Mumazani, a former special officer to the attorney-general (AG), is linked to PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s civil action against the government.

In his originating summons, Anwar was reported to have claimed that he did not get a fair trial in the appeal against his second sodomy conviction after former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak paid Shafee to lead the prosecution team in the case in the Court of Appeal and the Federal Court.

In Siti Rahayu’s affidavit, she was reported to have claimed that new information was discovered, revealing that Shafee was paid RM9.5 million from Najib's bank accounts between 2013 and 2014.

News reports indicated that on Nov 29, 2018, the Court of Appeal dismissed Shafee's application to expunge Siti Rahayu's affidavit and cross-examine her.

It was reported that the court had, however, allowed Shafee to intervene in Anwar's appeal regarding the latter’s civil action against the government over his sodomy conviction.

Anwar is represented by lawyer J Leela, who has also confirmed that the Federal Court will hear on Jan 21 Shafee’s application to expunge the affidavit.

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