On 13 December 2019, the Kuala Lumpur High Court had dismissed the Government’s application under Section 56(1) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 to forfeit a sum of RM100,000 received by our client, Habib Jewels Sdn Bhd, in payment for the purchase of jewellery, which the Government, inter alia, alleged were the subject-matter or evidence relating to the commission of an offence of money-laundering or that such monies were the proceeds of an unlawful activity committed by former Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Najib Razak.

The Government has filed an appeal against the decision of the High Court (see: AGC appeals against dismissal of forfeiture case, The Star, 27 December 2019).