Shahnaz’s legal team delays for a second time, irks judge

A decision would have been reached today on the itemised matrimonial assets division claims of Shahnaz Abdul Majid against her former husband Sarawak business entrepreneur Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib, had it not for the absence of her lead counsel to articulate the oral submission.

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Kuala Lumpur Shariah High Court Judge Ibrahim Deris was irked when told that lawyers acting for Shahnaz were not ready for oral submission today.

Shahnaz’s counsel Akberdin bin Haji Abdul Kader told the court that lead counsel, Mohamad Rafie bin Mohd Shafie, was indisposed and requested for a two-week deferment. No medical certification was produced in court today for the absence.

In voicing his displeasure, Judge Ibrahim Deris issued a final warning citing that Shahnaz’s legal team had previously claimed that Mahmud’s lawyers of delaying matters when it now appeared that her lawyers had instead delayed matters.

Following a decision delivered at the Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur Shariah Court of Appeal on 22 April 2013, Shahnaz was required to itemise her matrimonial assets division claims against her former husband.

Lawyers acting for Mahmud, Datuk Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar and Saadiah Din objected to the itemisation in the statement of claims tendered as instead of detailing her original claims of 22 February 2012, Shahnaz had added six new items resulting in her original claims of RM300 million to now peak at RM500 million.

“The respondent has not obtained leave from the court to amend her claims and therefore the court should not entertain this fresh submission of hers,” court documents showed.

The court has fixed 17 August 2015 to hear the oral submissions.

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