Former Umno member applies to courts to freeze Najib's assets

Former Umno member applies to courts to freeze Najib's assets
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PETALING JAYA - A former Langkawi Wanita Umno member on Friday applied to the courts to freeze the assets of party president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Anina Saadudin had several weeks ago sued Najib and the party over the US$700 million (S$980 billion) donation from a Middle East country that was deposited into his account. The lawsuit led to Anina being sacked from the party.

Anina's laywer, Hanif Khatri Abdullah, told The Star that Anina filed two mareva injunctions on Friday.

Hanif said they urged the court to freeze the Prime Minister's assets until the case is concluded and for him to declare all his assets in Malaysia and overseas by way of a sworn affidavit within 10 days of the order being granted by the court.

He said another application was for the court to enter judgement against Najib without going into trial.

"This is in relation to her asking for the details of the RM2.6 billion banked into the personal account of the Prime Minister. Since he has already admitted the RM2.6 billion being a donation, by way of law there is no need to go for trial.

"Anina had made a few orders in her statement of claim but this one has nothing to do with the return of money or anything else.

"It is about the details of the account and we want the court to grant a judgement on admission without the need to call for a witness," he said.

A mareva injunction as in Commonwealth jurisdiction is an order sought in court to freeze assets so that a defendant in a legal action cannot dissipate their assets from beyond the jurisdiction of a court, so as to frustrate a judgment.

Three weeks ago, Anina had filed a suit against Najib and Umno executive secretary Abdul Rauf Yusoh.

Anina is seeking an injunction against Najib and Abdul Rauf , the disciplinary board, state liaison body, divisions, and branches to be restrained from removing, suspending, and taking disciplinary action on her, pending the disposal of this action.

 

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