PETALING JAYA - Lebanese jeweller Global Royalty Trading SAL will proceed with its RM60 million (S$19.8 million) suit against Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor for the return of 44 pieces of jewellery following the dismissal of her bid to strike it out.
Its lawyer Datuk David Gurupatham said that if the jewellery were not seized by police but in the possession of the former prime minister's wife, then she would have to return it or pay the price of the items together with damages and costs, if the court decides in its favour.
"On the other hand, if the goods have been lawfully seized, she can try to strike out the case again.
"But for now, the trial dates have been fixed for March 4 and 5. We will go to trial," he said.
Since Rosmah asserted that the jewellery was seized, he said the onus was on her to prove it.
"Since her application to strike out Global Royalty Trading's case has been dismissed with costs, she will have to come to court and testify as to how these goods came to be seized and prove that they were seized, and provide the court with the seizure list.
"As for the government, they have to sift through 12,000 pieces of jewellery to confirm if the 44 pieces are there or not," he said, adding that Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Comm Datuk Seri Amar Singh confirmed in an affidavit filed on behalf of the government in support of the application to intervene that they could not confirm whether the 44 pieces of jewellery were with them or not.