Thursday October 25, 2012
Taib’s son spent RM700,000 with credit card, court told
By MAIZATUL NAZLINA
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir charged more than RM700,000 to one of his credit cards between last December and June this year.
Mahmud’s ex-wife Shahnaz A. Majid testified at the Syariah High Court here that he used his American Express Platinum card in various places, including Harrods Department Store, Ferrari Shop and Wellington Hospital in London, a watch shop in Starhill Kuala Lumpur as well as in Spain and France.
Shahnaz, 48, said account statements between January and June this year revealed that the amounts spent were RM166,332, RM148,763, RM102,236, RM172,193, RM39,454 and RM153,539.
Replying to a question from her counsel Dr Rafie Mohd Shafie, Shahnaz said Harrods was a high-end store and a set of bedsheets there could cost about £2,000 (RM9,765).
“Based on the statements, he spent RM6,175 at Ferrari Shop on Jan 6, RM117,919 at Harrods on Jan 14, RM37,040 at Wellington Hospital on April 17 and bought a branded watch for RM123,800 at Starhill Kuala Lumpur on May 25,” she said.
She said Mahmud’s CIMB Islamic Bank Kuching branch statement revealed that he had RM5.75mil in his account as at June 30, adding that RM3mil was in fixed deposit.
Shahnaz, who is jazz singer Datuk Sheila Majid’s sister, was testifying in the trial of her application to get RM300mil in matrimonial property and RM100mil in gifts (mutaah) as a divorce settlement.
Shahnaz is also claiming 50% of all assets owned by Mahmud, who is Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud’s son. These include luxury cars, houses in various locations, land in Sarawak and shares.
The couple were married on Jan 9, 1992 and divorced on May 11 last year. They have a son, who was born in 1993.
Mahmud, 49, who was present at yesterday’s proceedings, is represented by Datuk Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar and Saadiah Din.
Syarie judge Muhamad Abdullah rejected an application by Zainul Rijal to prevent journalists from reporting the amounts involved for safety reasons.
The hearing continues on Nov 26 and 28.