No committal proceedings against Mahmud

The Kuala Lumpur Syariah Appeals Court today unanimously dismissed Shahnaz Abdul Majid’s appeal for committal proceedings against her former husband, Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib, the son of Sarawak governor Abdul Taib Mahmud.

The decision was made by a three-member bench led by the Federal Territory Chief Syariah Court judge Mahammad Ibrahim. The other panel members were Perak Chief Syariah Court judge Muhamad Asri Abdullah and Syariah Appeals judge Yusof Musa.

“We rule that Shahnaz has no cause to pursue a case that was already academic in nature. This follows another Syariah Appeals Court panel in 2013 that set aside the discovery order she unilaterally obtained.

“Hence, Shahnaz lost all rights to pursue the matter anew,” said a press release from Bekir’s office.

Shahnaz wanted committal proceedings against her former husband as he did not abide with the Syariah High Court judge’s order to furnish details of his assets.

She is seeking a RM100 million claim for mutaah (gift) following divorce and another RM300 million for joint matrimonial asset following divorce.

Shahnaz is also seeking another RM121 million for maintenance of their only child, a 21-year-old son.

The KL Syariah High Court initially granted an ex-parte discovery order on May 8, 2011 for Bekir to furnish his assets. However, it was overturned by the same court on March 6, 2013.

Syarie lawyer Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar and Saadiah Din, acted for Bekir, while Rafie Mohd Shafie and Akbardin Abdul Kadir appeared for Shahnaz.

The couple were married since 1992 but had been living apart since 1999. On May 2011, Bekir divorced her.

It was reported earlier this week that Bekir admitted he had not stayed with Shahnaz for more than 12 years and he had assets worth RM1.185 billion.