Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Abdul Taib has officially divorced his estranged wife, Datin Seri Shahnaz Abdul Majid according media reports today.
The tycoon, who is also the son of Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud divorced Shahnaz with a “talaq” (divorce) at the Kuala Lumpur Syariah High Court on Wednesday.
The divorce proclamation was uttered in an open court before a Syarie judge Mohamad Abdullah who allowed the proclamation citing the marriage is irreconcilable.
The judge was also told that the couple had not been staying together as husband and wife for the past 11 years.
Mahmud Abu Bekir was represented by counsel Saadiah Din, filed for divorce on Feb 14 according to Section 47 of the Islamic Family Law Act after a breakdown of the relationship between him and his wife, Bernama reported.
The court granted custody of their only child, Raden Murya Abdul Taib Mahmud, 18, to the mother while Mahmud Abu Bekir given visitation right.
The court fixed June 27 for re-mention of the claims of Shahnaz for RM300 million mutaah (compensation) and RM100 million of jointly acquired property.
The plaintiff said the claims were reasonable because she and Mahmud Abu Bekir had been married for over 19 years and that he had billions of ringgit in income and property.
Shahnaz in her claims said that the assets of the defendant, including thousands of hectares of land in Sarawak, shares in 15 companies and seven luxury cars, should be declared joint property.
She asked for 50 per cent of the property apart from other reliefs the court deemed fit.