PETALING JAYA: Lawyers for Prime Minister Najib Razak’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, are “monitoring social media and all forms of publications” following allegations made in the civil suit by the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) on Thursday over assets purchased using funds allegedly embezzled from 1MDB.
Messrs Noorhajran Mohd Noor warned in a statement that it was giving due notice to anyone who made any false or malicious publications or postings against Rosmah, that legal action will be taken.
“Recently more malicious and baseless attacks have surfaced against Rosmah Mansor on blogs and social media.
“These attacks are false allegations made without any proof or basis, done with malice with the sole intent of putting Rosmah in disrepute, casting aspersions of alleged wrongdoings and causing harm and injury to her reputation,” the statement said.
In its latest court filings in California, the DoJ is seeking to seize US$540 million (RM2.3 billion) in assets including art works, jewellery, a luxury yacht, and film rights purchased with funds allegedly embezzled from 1MDB.
The assets named in the applications included the film rights to two comedies, “Dumb and Dumber To” starring Jim Carrey and “Daddy’s Home” with Will Ferrell.
This filing follows last July’s civil forfeiture suit by the DoJ, which sought to recover all the assets including but not limited to the Park Lane hotel in New York, a luxury hotel in Beverly Hills, condominiums in New York, a private jet, expensive works of art, as well as the financing of Martin Scorsese’s movie “The Wolf of Wall Street”, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio.
The stern warning in the statement from Rosmah’s legal team is believed to be over the reaction in Malaysia after the latest DoJ suit also alleged that Malaysian businessman Low Taek Jho (Jho Low) had purchased a 22-carat pink diamond necklace worth US$27.3 million for the “wife of Malaysian Official No. 1” (MO1).
“We wish to caution the public of making any false and malicious postings and statements, which can cause public confusion and misrepresentations of facts with regard to allegations made against Rosmah.
“More specifically publications and postings with unverified sources and baseless contents framed and intended as an indirect hate and gutter political attack,” the lawyers said in the statement.