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Equanimity case: From global infamy to global precedent

The lawyer who led Malaysia’s efforts to arrest, reclaim and eventually sell controversial superyacht Equanimity has described the case as a milestone for admiralty law worldwide.

Sitpah Selvaratnam also believed it helped restore confidence in the country’s justice system and image following the 1MDB global financial scandal.

Speaking about her experience in a seminar today, she said her team had strived to uphold international standards in handling the Equanimity even before it entered Malaysian waters in Aug 2018.

“At that time, it was amidst all the suspicion that had enveloped Malaysia. With Malaysia’s reputation badly tarnished, (there was) suspicion...

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