Court releases Shafee’s passport for New York trip

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To handle his son’s higher education matters.

The Kuala Lumpur High Court allowed the temporary release of lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah’s impounded passport today, allowing him to fly to New York to handle his son’s higher education matters at the New School Parson in New York.

The school is believed to refer to a private research university known as The New School founded in 1919 that has grown to house five divisions that include the Parsons School of Design.

Judge Muhammad Jamil Hussin allowed the application for his passport to be released from today until Dec 3 after no objection was raised by deputy public prosecutor S Nithia.


Shafee, 69, surrendered his passport to the court as part of bail conditions in his ongoing trial for alleged money laundering involving RM9.5 million received from former prime minister Najib Razak.

Recently, the courts had allowed the release of passports of high-profile individuals facing corruption charges in court. They are former prime minister Najib Razak, his wife Rosmah Mansor, and former deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

To date, Shafee who is the lead defence counsel for Najib in the SRC International Sdn Bhd and 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) related cases, has been allowed to travel abroad several times after he was charged.