Luxembourg Court sets aside claims by Sultan Sulu ‘heirs’ to seize M’sian assets

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KUCHING, Jan 27: The District Court of Luxembourg has set aside the attachment order requested by individuals who claimed to be the heirs of the late Sultan Sulu last Tuesday (Jan 24), says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law and Institutional Reform) Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said.

She said the group applied for the attachment order on July 11, 2022, based on two purported arbitral awards issued by an unlawfully appointed arbitrator, Dr Stampa, who is said to have awarded the claimant USD 14.92 billion.

Following that, she explained that Malaysia had taken all available legal actions to invalidate the appointment of Dr Stampa and his purported awards.

As a result, the Spanish court that appointed Dr Stampa has cancelled his appointment retrospectively and the ‘preliminary award’ issued by Dr Stampa in Madrid.

Meanwhile, the French court has suspended the enforcement of the ‘final award’ said to have been issued by Dr Stampa in France, pending the Court’s decision on Malaysia’s application to set aside the ‘final award’.

“Malaysia had immediately applied to the district court of Luxembourg to obtain interim relief to set aside the attachment order. The hearing for the application took place on Dec 5, 2022.

“The decision of the Luxembourg Court has justified the Malaysian government’s principle to defend the country in any forum to ensure that the interests and sovereignty of Malaysia are always protected and preserved. In this regard, the government will continue to strive to end all claims against Malaysia,” she said in a statement yesterday. — DayakDaily