Jeweller to go ahead with $20m suit against Rosmah

PHOTO: The Star/Asia News Network

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.

Rosmah's attire and accessories capture attention during questioning

  • Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor has pleaded not guilty to all 17 charges of money laundering involving about RM7mil at the Sessions Court here Thursday (Oct 4).
  • The charges framed against her are under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (AMLATFPUAA) 2001.
  • Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor was arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). According to her lawyers, she was arrested at 3.20pm while giving her statement at its headquarters here.
  • Rosmah had arrived at the MACC headquarters at 10.42am earlier on Wednesday (Oct 3). Clad in a light green baju kurung and matching headscarf, Rosmah looked calm as she walked past the gathered media.
  • The latest interrogation of the former Malaysian PM's wife by the country's anti-corruption officers is believed to evolve around the 1MDB scandal.
  • Ros­mah emerged from the MACC headquarters on Wed after a 13-hour interrogation. Although she looked exhausted, the 66-year-old afforded a meek smile to waiting journalists outside the building.
  • Her attire and accessories were the centre of attention on Sept 26, as she had colour coordinated her green baju kurung and tudung with a Loewe designer handbag and wedge shoes.
  • Rosmah looked calm when she alighted from a Proton Perdana and walked past a horde of journalists who converged outside the MACC building earlier in the morning.
  • This was the second time Rosmah had been questioned by the MACC.
  • The last time out, she wore a blue baju kurung and red tudung, with her bright red Versace handbag drawing the most stares.
  • The last time out, she wore a blue baju kurung and red tudung, with her bright red Versace handbag drawing the most stares.
  • Rosmah was questioned for about five hours by MACC investigators on June 5 over a probe into SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) subsidiary.
  • This time round, she entered the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters at 9.50am on Sept 26 and emerged at 10.40pm.
  • Last Thursday (Sept 20), Najib was slapped with 25 fresh corruption and money-laundering charges. He was granted bail of RM3.5 million (S$1.15 million) with two sureties in his latest court case.
  • Investigators have not ruled out that Najib as well as other individuals could be faced with even more charges related to the 1MDB case.
  • The United States Department of Justice has alleged that more than US$4.5bil (RM18bil) was misappropriated from 1MDB and that about US$680 million (S$929 million) ended up in Najib’s personal bank account.

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.