They may choose to challenge the American Government's claims on their assets, as part of a suit brought by the US Department of Justice.
PETALING JAYA: The prime minister’s stepson, Riza Aziz, and millionaire Low Taek Jho (Jho Low), named as defendants in the lawsuit brought by the US Department of Justice (DoJ), will be called to defend themselves on Aug 22, according to lawyer Zainur Zakaria.
Zainur said Riza and Low, as well as several others named in the DoJ document, may challenge the United States’ claim on their assets.
“If they do not appear in court, the court will make an order to enable the US Government to seize the assets.
“Should they appear, however, they can challenge it,” Zainur said when contacted by FMT.
Zainur is the counsel for former political secretary to Mahathir Mohamad, Matthias Chang, and former PAS Vice-President Husam Musa in their suit against Riza, Low and Goldman Sachs.
Their class action seeks custodianship of the US$1 billion worth of assets the DoJ claims has been stolen from 1MDB, lending their names as trustees for the assets and proceeds to be returned to Malaysia should DoJ be successful in its efforts.