Wednesday, 09 Sep 2020 11:11 AM MYT
BY KENNETH TEE
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 9 — Faced with possible bankruptcy proceedings over her alleged failure to pay a French-based production company, Datuk Seri Rina Harun was absent for today’s proceedings fixed for the judgment debtor summons at the High Court.
A judgment debtor summons is a summons issued by the court to be served on the judgment debtor to compel the person to appear in court to provide information about their assets and how they can be disposed of to settle the judgment debt.
According to court documents obtained by Malay Mail, a statement of claim against Rina was filed on November 8, 2018, for US$553,795 (RM2.3 million) by the French firm and that the full amount must be paid by July 31, 2019.
The claim was for several films, comedy shows and documentaries within the comedy genre to three companies of which Rina was director.
The documents also stated that an interest rate of five per cent per annum was imposed from the date of the statement of claim.
Lawyer Mark Ho, who is representing Paris-based film production company Sarl Novovision, said Rina had cited several reasons for her absence after she was supposed to comply with the court order for the judgment debtor summons hearing.
“The minister couldn’t attend today because she indicated to court her bodyguard had passed away and Parliament is in session.
“The minister has also proposed settlement terms which I am not at liberty to say but I have been handed cheques as installment payment and on that basis the court granted another date on October 22 for the judgment debtor summons,” he told reporters when met here.
Rina was represented by lawyer Husain Mohd Razak.