KUALA LUMPUR: The Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) has rejected a representation made by former Tabung Haji chairman Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim’s family members against the government’s application to forfeit their assets, involving cash and property worth RM16 million allegedly obtained through unlawful activities.
Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Nik Haslinie Hashim said a letter about the rejection of the representation had been sent to the lawyer representing the family on Feb 4.
“The representation, which was filed on Nov 16, has been rejected by the AGC,” the DPP told High Court Judge Datuk Muhammad Jamil Hussin.Datuk Prem Chandran, the lawyer representing Abdul Azeez’s family, confirmed receiving the letter from the AGC.
The court later fixed June 21 for hearing of the forfeiture suit.The judge also ordered all parties to file their written submissions by mid-May.
The government had filed the forfeiture suit in September 2019 seeking to forfeit RM16 million from the accounts of Abdul Azeez’s wife, Datin Seri Khadijah Mohd Noor, their four children – Mohamed Khairul Anwar, Mohamed Khairul Azman, Khaleeda Azwa and Khaleeda Azeera.
Also on the list to be forfeited is a shop lot in Bandar Sunway, which is owned by their company Azeera Management Consultants (M) Sdn Bhd.
On Dec 18 last year, the court dismissed the family’s application to stay the forfeiture proceedings pending the disposal of the Balin Member of Parliament’s ongoing corruption case at the Sessions Court.
Abdul Azeez is on trial for three counts of accepting bribes amounting to RM5.2 million in connection with road projects in Perak and Kedah and 10 counts of money laundering involving a total of RM13.9 million, which he allegedly received from Menuju Asas Sdn Bhd.
However, the trial has been postponed pending his appeal at the Court of Appeal to have the case against him struck out.–BERNAMA
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