Govt told to confirm if 44 pieces of jewellery sent to Rosmah among jewellery seized by cops

Govt told to confirm if 44 pieces of jewellery sent to Rosmah among jewellery seized by cops
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KUALA LUMPUR - The High Court here has ordered the government to confirm whether the 44 pieces of jewellery loaned by a Lebanese jeweller to Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor were part of police raids in their investigation into 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

High Court Judicial Commissioner Wong Chee Lin made the order after the court was informed by Senior Federal Counsel Izham Marzuki that the Attorney General's Chambers could not confirm whether the 44 items of jewellery by Global Royalty Trading SAL were part of the 12,000-piece haul by the police.

The 44 pieces of jewellery are worth RM60mil, and the investigation was into Rosmah's husband, former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

JC Wong told the government on Thursday (Oct 11) to submit an affidavit on its reply in two weeks.

Rosmah's attire and accessories capture attention during questioning

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    Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor has pleaded not guilty to all 17 charges of money laundering involving about RM7mil at the Sessions Court here Thursday (Oct 4).

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    The charges framed against her are under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (AMLATFPUAA) 2001.

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    Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor was arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). According to her lawyers, she was arrested at 3.20pm while giving her statement at its headquarters here.

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    Rosmah had arrived at the MACC headquarters at 10.42am earlier on Wednesday (Oct 3). Clad in a light green baju kurung and matching headscarf, Rosmah looked calm as she walked past the gathered media.

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    The latest interrogation of the former Malaysian PM's wife by the country's anti-corruption officers is believed to evolve around the 1MDB scandal.

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    Ros­mah emerged from the MACC headquarters on Wed after a 13-hour interrogation. Although she looked exhausted, the 66-year-old afforded a meek smile to waiting journalists outside the building.

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    Her attire and accessories were the centre of attention on Sept 26, as she had colour coordinated her green baju kurung and tudung with a Loewe designer handbag and wedge shoes.

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    Rosmah looked calm when she alighted from a Proton Perdana and walked past a horde of journalists who converged outside the MACC building earlier in the morning.

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    This was the second time Rosmah had been questioned by the MACC.

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    The last time out, she wore a blue baju kurung and red tudung, with her bright red Versace handbag drawing the most stares.

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    The last time out, she wore a blue baju kurung and red tudung, with her bright red Versace handbag drawing the most stares.

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    Rosmah was questioned for about five hours by MACC investigators on June 5 over a probe into SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) subsidiary.

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    This time round, she entered the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters at 9.50am on Sept 26 and emerged at 10.40pm.

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    Last Thursday (Sept 20), Najib was slapped with 25 fresh corruption and money-laundering charges. He was granted bail of RM3.5 million (S$1.15 million) with two sureties in his latest court case.

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    Investigators have not ruled out that Najib as well as other individuals could be faced with even more charges related to the 1MDB case.

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    The United States Department of Justice has alleged that more than US$4.5bil (RM18bil) was misappropriated from 1MDB and that about US$680 million (S$929 million) ended up in Najib’s personal bank account.

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In July, Beirut-based Global Royalty Trading filed a RM60 million (S$20 million) suit against Rosmah over the 44 pieces of jewellery allegedly sent to her earlier this year and which had been seized by the police.

The firm, in its statement of claim, said the former premier's wife had acknowledged in a letter on May 22 that she received the items.

Global Royalty Trading said in its statement of claim dated Feb 10 that the 44 pieces of jewellery comprising a tiara, diamond necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings, were sent to Rosmah.

The statement of claim added that while Rosmah had acknowledged in writing to receiving the consignment, the items were no longer in her custody.

The police raided several houses linked to Najib over a few days beginning May 16.

Global Royalty Trading also alleged that Rosmah was a long-standing customer and that it would send consignments of jewellery to her on her demand.

She would then evaluate and purchase the items, which she paid for on her own or through a third party.

The firm added that Rosmah would sometimes loan the jewellery, with the receiving party being herself or her agent in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or Dubai.

Global Royalty Trading also said those that were not chosen would be returned.

The jewellery firm is seeking a declaration from the court that it is the rightful owner of the 44 items.

It is also seeking a mandatory order for the items to be returned and failure to do so, for Rosmah to pay the amount based on the value of the items.

 

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