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'CID chief's refusal to redeem seized money raises questions'

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Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng said Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department (CID) director Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd not wanting to claim some A$320,000 (RM700,000) seized by the Australian Federal Police raises questions about the nature of the money.

This was despite inspector-general of police Mohamad Fuzi Harun having declared that an internal inquiry found the money was "clean" and was raised through the sale of Wan Ahmad's house in Shah Alam for his children's education. 

Australian newspaper Sydney Morning Herald, which broke the news about the seizure on suspicion of money laundering or criminal proceeds, said Wan Ahmad had declined to reclaim the money on grounds that the legal cost would be too high. 

However, Lim said the CID chief could have easily engaged lawyers who are willing provide their services for free and will only take a portion of the disputed money if they can successfully recover it.

"Why did he (Wan Ahmad) choose to lose A$320,000 instead of getting the services of a 'no cure, no pay' lawyer there to claim the money?

"He would have no problem finding a lawyer if he promises to pay 50 percent of the recovered sum as legal fees if the money can be successfully recovered," he said.

The DAP lawmaker questioned if losing A$320,000 would not threaten Wan Ahmad's children's education, for which the police said the money was intended for.

He also criticised Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is also the home minister, for claiming that Wan Ahmad was "naive" about Australian law.

Lim said ignorance was not an excuse to circumvent the overseas laws.

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