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Umno will fight civil forfeiture suit in court, says Mat Hasan

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Umno will let the court decide on the civil forfeiture suit filed by MACC against accounts that belong to several party divisions, said acting Umno president Mohamad Hasan.

Commenting on MACC press conference announcing the legal action earlier today, Mohamad told reporters in Pahang that the anti-graft agency was only following its procedures.

"That is their procedure. They have (earlier) frozen the money, and now (they move) towards forfeiture.

"So MACC is doing according to the law, and we Umno must argue (in court) why the money has to be returned to us. We are doing that.

"They are doing their job, so we will do ours. When it reaches one year (after freezing the accounts), the court will decide," he said when met at the sidelines of PAS muktamar in Kuantan.

Mohamad, or better known as Tok Mat, is one of the guests of honour at the Islamist party's annual general meeting this year.

He was responding to an announcement by MACC chief Latheefa Koya this morning, who said that the agency has filed the suit to seek some RM270 million that had been disbursed from former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak's personal AmBank account to the suit's 41 respondents.

Of the RM270 million, RM212 million (78.5 percent) was sought from Umno divisions.

According to Mohamad, Umno has its lawyers and they have already written a letter to MACC to explain why the money should be returned to them.

He said the letter would also be used as one of their submissions in court later.

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