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Khir Toyo, wife withdraw application over forfeiture order

Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo and his wife Zahrah Kechik

Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo and his wife Zahrah Kechik

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PUTRAJAYA, July 10 2017 : Former Selangor Mentri Besar Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo and his wife today withdrew their application for clarification of a forfeiture order pertaining to their property.

A Federal Court bench led by Chief Justice Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif then struck out the couple’s application.

Earlier, counsel M. Athimulan who represented the duo informed the panel that he had advised his clients accordingly after studying both parties’ affidavits and the judgement.

“Our clients’ instruction is to withdraw the application,” he informed the five-man panel which included Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum and federal court judges Tan Sri Zaharah Ibrahim, Datuk Balia Yusof Wahi and Datuk Dr Prasad Sandosham Abraham.

Deputy public prosecutor Awang Armadajaya Awang Mahmud represented the prosecution. The applicants were not present in court.

Dr Mohamad Khir, 51, a dentist by profession, and Zahrah Kechik, 51, filed the review application to seek clarification in regard to the High Court’s order to forfeit their two plots of land and a bungalow.

Both the Court of Appeal and Federal Court had upheld the Shah Alam High Court decision on the forfeiture of the property which Dr Mohamad Khir and his wife were the registered owners.

On Sept 29, 2015, the former Sungai Panjang assemblyman was ordered to serve 12 months in jail after losing his final appeal to set aside his conviction for using his position in obtaining the land and bungalow unit in Shah Alam.

On March 29, last year, he was granted parole and released after serving six months.

Shah Alam High Court found him guilty of obtaining for himself and his wife, two plots of land and a bungalow in Section 7, Shah Alam, from Ditamas Sdn Bhd through its director Datuk Shamsuddin Hayroni at an undervalued price of RM3.5 million, in contrast to the price of RM6.5 million paid for it by Ditamas.

Dr Mohamad Khir, who was mentri besar from August 2000 until February 2008, committed the offence at the Selangor Mentri Besar’s official residence in Jalan Permata 7/1, Section 7, Shah Alam, on May 29, 2007.The High Court also ordered the two plots of land and the bungalow to be forfeited. – Bernama

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