Rosmah seeks RM500,000 security for costs from Lebanese jeweller

Rosmah Mansor is being sued for return of 44 pieces of jewellery or to pay the price of about RM60 million.

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here today fixed Sept 11 to hear two applications filed by the former prime minister’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, including seeking RM500,000 in security for costs from Lebanese jeweller Global Royalty Trading SAL.

The jewellery company had sued Rosmah on June 26 last year for the return of 44 pieces of jewellery it claimed to have sent her for selection or pay US$14.79 million (about RM60 million) as the price of the items.

Lawyer David Gurupatham, acting on behalf of Global Royalty, told reporters that Rosmah had also filed another application to get an expert to verify the jewellery seized for forfeiture.

“The defendant filed two applications on Friday (Aug 16), so we obviously need to respond to the applications and file an affidavit in reply,” he told reporters after case management in chambers before High Court judge Wong Chee Lin.

David said they would also amend their statement of claim to reflect the changes and the matter will also be heard on Sept 11.

He said the trial proper had been scheduled for Sept 17 and they would be calling three witnesses.

Lawyer Geethan Ram Vincent, representing Rosmah, said the defendant sought a sum of RM500,000 as security, and filed another application for an independent jeweller to assess four of the 44 pieces of jewellery which Rosmah alleged were now with the police.

“We are seeking a sum of RM500,000 as security costs but the plaintiff is objecting to the amount. However, they agreed to the appointment of an independent jeweller to assess the four items,” he said.

He said Rosmah asked for security for costs as the case involved a foreign company.

On 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 before seizure by police.

In its suit, Global Royalty claimed that on Feb 10, 2018, they sent the 44 pieces of jewellery, including diamond necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets and tiaras, each worth between US$124,000 (RM519,183) and US$925,000 (RM3.8 million) to Rosmah through a courier and two of its agents.

The company said that during delivery, Rosmah confirmed and accepted its terms and conditions.

It also claimed that Rosmah, in a letter dated May 22, 2018, confirmed and acknowledged receiving the jewellery but said the items were no longer in her possession as they had been confiscated and were being kept by the Malaysian authorities.

Global Royalty is seeking the court’s declaration that it owned the jewellery and that ownership of the items was not transferred to Rosmah.

It is also seeking a mandatory order for Rosmah to provide a list of the jewellery seized for them to be returned or for Rosmah to pay US$14.79 million as the price of the jewellery.