French Court Verdict Proves Sulu Claim Invalid

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KOTA KINABALU: The decision of the Paris Court of Appeal to uphold Malaysia’s challenge on the Sulu heirs’ arbitration judgement vindicated the state government’s stand all this while that the so-called Sabah claim has no merit whatsoever.

Welcoming the landmark court victory here today, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Hajiji Haji Noor said this has further reinforced Sabah’s position in the Federation of Malaysia.

He reiterated that Sabahans had chosen to jointly form the Malaysia Federation through the Malaysian Agreement 1963 (MA63) and therefore, any external claims against the state of Sabah would not be recognised at all by the people.

“The Sabah state government welcomes the decision and hopes that the government of Malaysia will take all appropriate actions to put an end to the claim once and for all.

“Sabah, through its Attorney General chambers will continue to play its role with the Federal Attorney General in dealing with the case,” Hajiji said.

On June 6, the Paris Court of Appeal in France upheld Malaysia’s challenge against the decision by the Spanish court-appointed arbitrator for the Sulu claimants’ case, Gonzalo Stampa, on May 5, 2020 known as the “partial award.”

Stampa moved the arbitration to Paris after the same Spanish court annulled his appointment as an arbitrator on June 2021.

The French Court’s decision ultimately means that the Sulu claimants’ US$14.9 billion compensation, which was the “final award” awarded by Stampa after moving the arbitration to Paris on Feb 28, 2022, cannot be enforced against Malaysia.

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