1MDB funds used to purchase RM95 mil pink diamond, say cops

The head of the federal police anti-money laundering division says the pink diamond was not found during police raids last year. (Reuters pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Although a pink diamond valued at US$23 million (RM95 million) allegedly linked to Rosmah Mansor was not found during police raids last year, the money trail shows 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) funds were used to purchase it.

In a statement here today, the head of the federal police anti-money laundering division, Khalil Azlan Chik, said the money trail revealed that the purchase transactions also involved a jeweller in New York.

The statement referred to the denial by Rosmah, the wife of former prime minister Najib Razak, regarding the purchase.

The social media has been abuzz during the past few days over the alleged purchase of a necklace with a 22-carat pink diamond by Rosmah.

The police raids conducted at residential properties of Najib and Rosmah around the city last year saw a haul of millions in cash of various denominations and jewellery running into the millions.

Both Najib and Rosmah are facing a slew of corruption-related charges.