Umno has issued a letter to the police to request for relevant documents and information regarding the RM116.7 million cash that it seized as part of investigations into 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
The letter was sent by the party’s lawyers yesterday.
“We have given the police a reasonable period of seven days to furnish the requested documents.
“Our clients maintain that the majority of the money seized belonged to Umno. The money does not have anything to do with 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) or SRC International Sdn Bhd,” said the lawyers in a statement.
The money was seized along with jewellery and luxury items from several residences linked with Najib’s family during raids by police in May during investigations into 1MDB and its one-time subsidiary SRC International.
Umno and the former premier had claimed that the money was from the party’s coffers and had been meant for use for expenditure during the May 9 general election.
The seizure, the party had claimed, had come about as Najib was in the process of transferring power to the new Umno leadership following his resignation as president and Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman.
Umno has since demanded that the money be returned to them.
The party’s strategic communications unit had claimed that the funds were needed in the process of rebuilding following the losses suffered by BN in GE14.
On Wednesday, Umno head of legal unit Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said Scivetti & Associates, along with a team of lawyers led by Datuk Hariharan Tara Singh, had been appointed to claim the seized political fund.