Hearing of jeweller’s suit against Rosmah postponed

The High Court had ordered Rosmah Mansor to check and confirm the existence of the 44 pieces of jewellery that were in her possession but were allegedly seized by police. (Benama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The hearing of a lawsuit filed by a Lebanese jewellery firm against Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former prime minister Najib Razak, has been postponed till the police confirm the status of 44 jewellery pieces sent to her for viewing.

Lawyer N Rajivan, representing Rosmah, said hearing of the case which was earlier fixed for March 4 and 5 was vacated after senior federal counsel S Narkunavathy told the court that the seized jewellery was still with police for investigation purposes.

“The police are also not able to confirm the status of the 44 jewellery pieces pending completion of the investigation in May,” he told reporters after proceedings of the case were held in chambers before judicial commissioner Wong Chee Lin today.

Bukit Aman’s head of Special Investigations Division of the Anti- Money Laundering Team, Supt Foo Wei Min, in a supporting affidavit, had confirmed that police were still investigating and could not yet confirm whether the 44 jewellery pieces were part of the seized 12,000 pieces.

Rajivan said if the investigation found that the 44 jewellery pieces were part of the total currently under police custody, the defendant would file an application to strike out the suit on grounds that the court had no jurisdiction to hear it.

Meanwhile, lawyer David Gurupatham, representing the jeweller, Global Royalty Trading SAL, told reporters that the court was satisfied with the explanation given by Narkunavathy and fixed May 24 for case management.

Yesterday, Foo was ordered to be at the court to explain the status of the 44 jewellery pieces.

Last Feb 14, the High Court ordered Rosmah to check and confirm in seven days the existence of the 44 pieces of jewellery that were in her possession but were allegedly seized by police.

Global Royalty filed the suit against Rosmah on June 26 last year, seeking the return of the 44 pieces of jewellery sent to her for selection or pay the price for all the items amounting to almost RM60 million.

In its statement of claim, Global Royalty claimed that on Feb 10, 2018, it sent 44 pieces of jewellery, including diamond necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets and tiaras, each worth between RM504,841 and RM3.76 million to the defendant with hand carry courier through two agents.

The company said during the delivery, Rosmah confirmed and accepted the terms as well as conditions in memorandum No. 926 relating to the jewellery.

It also claimed that Rosmah, in a letter dated May 22, 2018, confirmed and acknowledged receiving the jewellery concerned but said all the jewellery were no longer in her possession, and that they had been confiscated and were now with the Malaysian authorities.

Global Royalty is seeking the court’s declaration that the firm was the owner of the 44 pieces of jewellery and that ownership of the jewellery was not transferred to the defendant.

It is also seeking a mandatory order for Rosmah to provide a list of jewellery seized, for the jewellery to be returned or for Rosmah to pay the price of the jewellery of RM59.83 million.