Thursday, February 11, 2010

Kelantan prince to seek legal recourse in Indonesia

The Tengku Temenggong of Kelantan Tengku Muhammad Fakhry Sultan Ismail Petra plans to initiate legal action against his estranged wife Manohara Odelia Pinot and her mother Daisy Fajarina in Indonesia.

His lawyer Mohd Haaziq Pillay said he intended to do so if Manohara and her mother still did not respond to the three court judgements passed by the Malaysian syariah and civil courts last year.

Mohd Haaziq said this after he and two other lawyers, Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar and Abdul Halim Bahari, submitted documents containing the court judgements to the Indonesian Embassy here so that it could pass them on to Manohara and Daisy and advise them to abide by the judgements.

“The embassy would use its own channels to serve the papers, and a government agency’s word would carry more weight,” said Mohd Haaziq, adding that it would also facilitate their intentions of commencing further proceedings in Indonesia.

Mohd Haaziq said that the embassy would play an advising role as it had no enforcement rights and foreign laws did not apply in Indonesia.

The lawyers were met by Indonesian Minister Counsellor for Information, Social and Culture to Malaysia Widyarka Ryananta and the documents were received by Minister Counsellor for Consular Affairs Amiruddin Pandjaitan.

On Tuesday, the lawyers also handed copies of the judgements to the US Embassy as Manohara’s father is a US citizen.

The lawyers said they were told that Manohara also held US citizenship.

Zainul told reporters that the embassy did not have a deadline to deliver the documents.

Both Manohara and Daisy have not responded to the judgements from both courts delivered to them in mid-November and early January.

On Nov 5 last year, the Kuala Lumpur High Court granted Tengku Muhammad Fakhry a judgment-in-default in his RM105mil defamation suit against Manohara and Daisy.

On Dec 13, Kota Baru Syariah High Court judge Mohd Yusof Awang ordered Manohara to return to her husband and pay him the RM1,112,250 she borrowed from him.

The judge said the 18-year-old Indonesian former model had 14 days to return to her husband and had 30 days to return the money after Tengku Muhammad Fakhry took the Yamin Istizhar (explicit promise) oath.

The order was enforced after he took the oath in court on Jan 3.

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