Najib, Rosmah inspect seized watches, handbags and eyeglasses

Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor inspected 306 handbags, 401 watches, 16 watch accessories and 234 eyeglasses seized in May 2018, on Saturday.

KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor have inspected 306 handbags, 401 watches, 16 watch accessories and 234 eyeglasses seized by police in May 2018.

The items, seized from premises belonging to Obyu Holdings Sdn Bhd in Pavilion Residences, were alleged to have been proceeds from unlawful activities linked to the 1MDB scandal.

The seizure was made under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (AMLATFPUAA) 2001.

Deputy public prosecutor Faten Hadni Khairuddin told reporters about the items after case management in the High Court here today.

Earlier, during the proceedings, Faten Hadni informed judge Muhammad Jamil Hussin that Najib and Rosmah inspected the non-jewellery items, which are kept at Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), on Saturday.

However, she said inspection of the jewellery items had not been carried out yet as the Lebanese jeweller, Global Royalty Trading SAL, was still not allowed into the country because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I request for the court to fix another case management for Najib, Rosmah and Global Royalty Trading SAL to decide on a date to view the jewellery items,” she said.

The judge fixed Aug 26 for case management.

The prosecution had filed an application to forfeit the assets said to be worth RM680 million seized from the Obyu Holdings premises owned by Bustari Yusof.

Najib, Rosmah, Umno and Global Royalty were the third parties in the forfeiture application. Umno, which is claiming an unspecified amount of cash placed in the properties, however, did not apply to inspect the items.