Pink diamond story: No, no, no, say Najib and wife

PETALING JAYA: Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor have re-iterated their denials about either purchasing or owning a pink diamond said to be worth US$24 million that has been linked to funds from state-owned 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

Federal police headquarters had said earlier today that they had pieced together a money trail showing that the pink diamond was bought from a jeweller in New York using 1MDB funds.

“Even though the diamond was not found during the raids conducted (in Kuala Lumpur last year), we have found enough evidence to show that the diamond was purchased,” said Senior Assistant Commissioner Khalil Azlan Chik of Bukit Aman’s Anti-Money Laundering division.

However lawyers for Najib and Rosmah said in a statement this evening that neither Najib nor Rosmah had ever purchased the pink diamond in question, or had ever received the diamond, and that the diamond was not in their possession.

The statement was signed by lawyers Geethan Ram Vincent and K Kumaraendran.

The controversial diamond has been in the news for several years with opposition politicians claiming that it had been bought by Rosmah.

However on Monday, the Dewan Rakyat was told that the diamond had been brought into Malaysia for a VVIP and had then been returned to the jeweller in New York.

Finance Minister Amiruddin Hamzah said agents for the jewellers had declared the diamond was among 40-over pieces of precious stones meant for the wife of a prominent person. However, no sale was made and the jewellery had left the country he said.