Syariah Court ‘losing patience’ in Shahnaz case

It appears the Kuala Lumpur Syariah Court is losing patience in the Shahnaz Abdul Majid case where she is claiming RM100 million in muta’ah (conciliatory gift) from Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib, the son of Sarawak Governor of Abdul Taib Mahmud.

This is due to postponements, the latest being today.

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A statement issued by Abu Bekir’s office claims she and her legal team were “reprimanded” by the Kuala Lumpur Syariah Court today, due to their “continued absence”.

However, Shahnaz’s legal counsel Akberdin Abdul Kader denied this, explaining that Mohamad Rafie Mohd Shafie (left), who is also Shahnaz’s legal counsel, had received a call from the court registrar today.

They had asked for a postponement because Rafie was sick.

“The court had allowed for the hearing to be adjourned on the grounds that Rafie is unwell,” Akberdin told Malaysiakini.

He confirmed that he was not present in court today.

However the statement held that even if Rafie was indisposed today, Akberdin could have continued with the cross-examination of Abu Bekir.

“Judge Muhamad Abdul Karim Wahab issued a distinct warning that the parties should not be absent at the next hearing scheduled for Feb 18. 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 and the plaintiff does not appear, the court may dismiss the action and hear and determine any counter claim,” it added.

The statement also claimed that Shahnaz, as well as Rafie and Akberdin,had previously failed to turn up in court as required on Jan 29.

But Akberdin denied this. “Both of us were present but Abu Bekir was absent because he claimed to be sick,” he said.

In addition to the RM100 million muta’ah claim, Shahnaz has 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 Martin cars (RM5.5 million), a private trust fund (RM40 million to be held by her), and a claim for half of her former husband’s assets.

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