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No third-party claims on luxury items seized from Najib, Rosmah

Full hearing of the case will be held on March 26 next year.

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No third parties came to the Kuala Lumpur High Court today to claim luxury items including designer handbags, shoes, watches, cash and 27 cars seized from former prime minister Najib Razak, his wife Rosmah Mansor and 16 others.

Deputy public prosecutor Faten Hadni Khairuddin told reporters that the court had set today for third parties to come and claim the seized items.

“Prior to this, there was a third party who contacted the court regarding the seized items and was asked to come today, but as at 11am, no one came,” she said after case management before High Court deputy registrar Catherine Nicholas.

The application for the issuance of a notice to third parties was submitted by the prosecution to enable third parties to appear in court in person or through a lawyer to provide grounds for why the items could not be forfeited to the government.

The court has set March 26 next year for the full hearing.

The prosecution had filed a notice to forfeit the items and named Najib, Rosmah and their children Nor Ashman Razak and Nooryana Najwa Mohd Najib. Riza 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 bank officer) and his wife Lim Hwee Bin, Kee Kok Thiam, Tan Vern Tact and Geh Choh Hun as the first to 18th respondents.

The items comprising hundreds of designer handbags, shoes and watches, and cash in various currencies were seized by the police in raids on May 17 and June 11, 2018.

On Aug 2, 2018, police also seized 27 Nissan cars, as well as a piece of land in Tanjung Bungah, Penang.

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