KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court yesterday dismissed the applications to forfeit RM194 million allegedly given by former Prime Minister Datuk Najib Tun Razak to Umno, Wanita MCA, and two companies, Binsabi Sdn Bhd and Perano Sdn Bhd.
The authorities had seized the RM194 million from Umno, Wanita MCA, and the two companies. The money allegedly came from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) fund.
Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan dismissed the applications because there was no evidence to convincingly prove that the monies were received from Datuk Najib Tun Razak or to prove the monies link to 1MDB scandal.
“As for Umno, I am of the view that the amount in the respondent’s bank account currently could not be said to be from, or part of the amount contributed, by Datuk Seri Najib Razak (DSNR).
“The withdrawals from the respondent’s bank account from the time the money was deposited justified the respondent’s contention that the monies had long been spent.
“In a gist, there is nothing left from the monies banked in from DSNR to the respondent’s account left to be forfeited, even if it was to be assumed that the monies received were illegitimate proceeds.
“The prosecution’s application is therefore dismissed,” said Mohamed Zaini.