KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 29): After withdrawing from hearing two lawsuits filed by 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) against several parties, High Court Judicial Commissioner Roz Mawar Rozain on Thursday recused herself from hearing the lawsuit filed by SRC International Sdn Bhd against UMNO.
In May last year, SRC International, which is a subsidiary of 1MDB, under its new management filed the suit together with its subsidiaries Gandingan Mentari Sdn Bhd and Jendela Pinggiran Sdn Bhd, to claim RM16 million alleged to have been wrongfully transferred to the political party.
Lawyer Syafinaz Vani who represented SRC International as the plaintiff said the case would be transferred to another court and heard by Judge Datuk Azimah Omar.
“Our side (the plaintiff) does not object to the defendant’s (UMNO) application to amend the statement of defence and we will file an amended answer if necessary,” she said.
She was responding to reporters after the case management that took place online in front of High Court Assistant Registrar Nuur Fatimahtul Zuhra Khairuddin, which was also joined by lawyer Mohamed Baharudeen Mohamed Ariff representing UMNO.
It is understood that Roz Mawar previously held the post of deputy director of prosecution and civil enforcement at Securities Commission Malaysia, which was among the agencies involved in the 1MDB investigation.
In the lawsuit, the plaintiff claimed that UMNO knew that the RM16 million belonged to SRC International and that the political party had no basis to receive the funds.
On May 10, 2021, the Ministry of Finance confirmed that 1MDB and its subsidiary SRC International Sdn Bhd had filed 22 suits to recover assets worth more than RM96.6 billion including RM300 million from various local parties.
The Ministry said the writs of summons were filed on May 7, 2021, with six by 1MDB and 16 by SRC.
Previously, Roz Mawar recused herself from hearing 1MDB’s US$6.59 billion lawsuit against former Treasury secretary-general Tan Sri Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah and former 1MDB chief executive officer Arul Kanda Kandasamy.
She then withdrew from hearing the lawsuit filed by 1MDB against Deutsche Bank (Malaysia) Bhd; banking firms Coutts & Co Ltd and JP Morgan (Switzerland) Ltd; two companies incorporated in Saudi Arabia, namely Petrosaudi International Limited and Petrosaudi Holdings (Cayman) Limited, as well as two individuals, namely Tarek Obaid of Saudi Arabia and British citizen Patrick Mahony.
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