Boys and girls, remember the jewellery, cash, handbags and other valuable items that were retrieved by the police
during the raids on former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor last year?
Well, it has been close to one year since that incident and the government and the police have now filed a civil forfeiture suit
against the couple and several others in relation to the luxury items.
This is because the law mandates that such seizures expire after 12 months from when the items were first confiscated, which means, the retrieved luxury items’ confiscation will expire on 16 May.
In layman's term, the government is allowed by law to seize assets they allege is involved in a crime without ever having to charge a person with said crime.
The government could then either keep the assets, or sell them.
According to a report by The Edge Markets
, as such, two notices of motion and supporting affidavits were filed at the High Court yesterday to seize a total of RM711 million worth of items.
The report further said that the first notice of motion was to seize a property in the Klang Valley, cash, jewellery, handbags, watches and sunglasses worth RM680 million while the second notice of motion was to seize RM31 million worth of items, including 27 luxury cars, cash, 29 bank accounts, more watches and bags.
Last year, former Bukit Aman CCID director Commissioner Datuk Seri Amar Singh said the confiscated luxury item has a value of RM1.1 billion.
Here's a list of the items
if you want to refresh your memory.