Paris Court upheld stay given to Malaysia over Sulu claimants award
KUALA LUMPUR, March 16 — The Paris Court of Appeal has upheld Malaysia’s stay on the enforcement of a purported final award to the Sulu claimants.
The special government secretariat handling the issue said the appellate court ruled that the Sulu claimants’ challenge on the stay order was inadmissible.
“Hence, the stay obtained by Malaysia on July 12, 2022, for the enforcement of the purported final award remains,” it said in a statement.
According to the statement, Malaysia wishes to note that the stay order granted on July 12 last year was an exceptional decision and it serves to reinforce Malaysia’s position that the purported commercial arbitration instituted by the Sulu claimants was without legitimate basis and does affect Malaysia’s territorial sovereignty.
“Malaysia will continue to defend itself robustly in all legal fora against all forms of lawfare instituted by her adversaries,” it said.
On April 15, 2022, Malaysia filed a request for a stay of the enforcement of the purported Final Award issued by Dr Gonzalo Stampa in February 2022 in Paris.
On July 12, 2022, the pre-trial judge of the Paris Court of Appeal ordered the unconditional stay of enforcement in France of the purported Final Award pending the decision of the Paris Court on the set-aside proceedings, on the ground that it will likely affect Malaysia’s territorial sovereignty.
The Sulu claimants filed a challenge on July 27, 2022 against the stay order, to which the hearing on the merits was held on Jan 16, 2023.