Government Recovers RM600K from Riza Aziz

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Riza agrees to forfeit money of various denominations from Najib’s house.

Fathil Asri

Riza Shahriz Abdul Aziz has agreed to forfeit over RM600,000 in various currencies, which were seized from homes belonging to his mother Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and stepfather Datuk Seri Najib Razak, related to his recent discharge not amounting to an acquittal (DNAA) over money-laundering charges.

The cash specifically amounts to RM537,000, Sri Lankan rupee 2.87 million (RM67,206.06), and British pound sterling 2,700 (RM14,332.06), with the total coming up to RM618,538 (based on the latest exchange rates).

The cash handed over by Riza was part of the RM31 million loot seized from Najib’s home on Jalan Langgak Duta that is being sought by the prosecution and government in relation to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.

High Court Justice Mohamad Zaini Mazlan today allowed for an application to forfeit the monies, submitted by deputy public prosecutor (DPP) Faten Hadi Khairuddin, after having been informed of Razi’s agreement to hand over the cash as a condition of being granted a DNAA decision.

“Riza Aziz had agreed to forfeit several of the assets in the United States and also in Malaysia as part of a condition to drop the five charges where the Sessions Court recorded a discharge not amounting to an acquittal,” Faten said.

The DPP had also requested for the court to record that no objections were raised over the seized monies by the lawyers of both Najib and Rosmah, where their respective counsels, Nursyahirah Hanifiah and Azrul Zulkifli Stork, were both present and affirmed that they would not be contesting the forfeiture.

Riza is, however, contesting six of the 10 watches seized from Najib’s home in Jalan Langgak Duta.

Meanwhile, during today’s proceedings, Zaini set Aug 24 for the hearing of the main suit against Riza Aziz and the other 17 defendants.