Shahnaz and her legal team were reprimanded for their continued absence in their RM100 million muta’ah hearing.
KUALA LUMPUR: Shahnaz Abdul Majid and her legal team were today reprimanded by the Kuala Lumpur Shariah Court for their continued absence in their RM100 million muta’ah hearing. The plaintiff and her legal counsels Mohamad Rafie bin Mohd Shafie and Akberdin bin Haji Abdul Kader had previously failed to turn up in court on 29 January.
The court held that while Mohamad Rafie was indisposed today, Shahnaz’s other legal counsel Akberdin could continue with the cross examination of her former husband Sarawak business entrepreneur Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib.
Neither Shanaz or Akberdin were present in court.
Judge Muhamad Abdul Karim Wahab issued a distinct warning that the parties should not be absent at the next hearing scheduled for 18 February. The court would also not entertain any further claims of medical leave.
He added the court would exercise its powers under Section 121 (1C) when any action is called for on hearing, the plaintiff does not appear, the court may dismiss the action and hear and determine any counter claim.
Today’s hearing was for the continuation of Shahnaz’s demand of RM100 million as mutaah (conciliatory gift) from Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib.
Abu Bekir believes his former wife Shahnaz had been duped into believing that he has massive wealth running into billions.
In a previous hearing on 2 September last year, he said his former wife had been made to believe by Canadian fraudsters Cullen Johnson and Elaine White that he had multiple off shore accounts.
In addition to the RM100 million 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 has yet to produce in court witnesses from any of the international banks to testify and confirm these claims.
“The reason why my former 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.