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Court allows Najib & family to inspect seized items

Police taking away some of the items seized.

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KUALA LUMPUR — Feb. 3, 2020: Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his family can conduct a physical examination of items seized by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

In making the ruling, High Court judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan said the prosecution’s concern on security can easily be allayed by ensuring that the inspection is done at a place controlled by them with the necessary security measures.

“I am not able to fathom as to how the removal of these goods can resort in their deterioration. My primary consideration is to enable the applicants the opportunity to ventilate their defence in respect of the respondent’s forfeiture application.

“This can only be done if they (applicants) are given the right to inspect the goods seized. Based on the reasons they have set up in support of their application, whether their defence is meritorious or otherwise is something I will address when deciding on the forfeiture application,” he said.

Justice Zaini also ordered that each applicant be accompanied by a solicitor. Another condition is that the inspection is only done once and that will be within two weeks from today.

Last July 18 Najib filed a notice of motion to inspect and obtain particulars on the items, seeking the respondent to provide or supply colour pictures of the items, as well as their detailed descriptions such as the label, symbol, gift card and package, that were seized on May 17, 2018.

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

Among the items seized were 315 handbags, 14 watches and currencies of several countries.

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