News clips from media archives have been retrieved to confirm a contentious circus that transpired Wednesday at the Shariah High Court in Kuala Lumpur before Judge Muhamad Abdul Karim Wahab. It was argued that Sarawak business entrepreneur Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib had brought an unmarried Australian woman to the wedding of his sibling Hanifah Hajar Taib.
News portals reported that lawyer Akberdin bin Haji Abdul Kader acting for Shahnaz Abdul Majid in a ‘mutaah’ claim had insisted that Abu Bekir was not legally married to the Australian Aida Louise Karen Hiley in August 1999. Akberdin presented a marriage certificate as evidence that Abu Bekir had only married Aida in February 2000.
Akberdin told the court that Hanifah’s wedding was in August 1999 and it would therefore mean that Abu Bekir was not married to the Australian at that time. Akberdin in pushing this accusation had made Abu Bekir look guilty.
But newspaper clips have shown otherwise.
BlogTakes found Hanifah was married to a Syed Ahmad Alwee Asree on 3 August 2000 and not in 1999 as claimed zealously by Akberdin. The glitzy wedding was widely reported by the local media at the time.
What a comedy of error to have one’s fact wrong in court. But I suppose the time and separation between Abu Bekir and Shahnaz that spanned over a decade, resulted in memory lapses of the facts.
Wednesday’s hearing was the continuation of Shahnaz Abdul Majid’s demand of a RM100 million as mutaah (conciliatory gift) from Taib’s son. Shahnaz is the elder sister to Malaysian jazz queen Sheila Majid.
In addition to the massive mutaah claim, Shanaz had also filed a number of other claims amounting to RM300 million for matrimonial assets division, RM200 million for child maintenance to include a terrace house in London (RM60 million), two Aston Martins (RM5.5 million), a private trust fund (RM40 million to be held by her), and including a claim for half of her former husband’s assets.
Shahnaz had in her earlier testimony said that Abu Bekir had income and assets in excess of billions of Ringgit. She had testified that her former husband had properties both locally and abroad. She also claimed that he had a string of offshore bank accounts in Canada, the US, the Caribbean, France, Luxembourg, Monaco, Hong Kong and Switzerland.
However, Shahnaz had yet to produce in court witnesses from any of the international banks to testify and confirm.
“The reason why my wife and her team have not been able to produce any witnesses from the international arena is simply because the offshore bank accounts do not exist. They are forgeries,” said Abu Bekir.
Hearing for the mutaah continues on 29 January 2015.