Jeweller: 'Rosmah a long-standing customer'

Jeweller: 'Rosmah a long-standing customer'
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PETALING JAYA - A high-class international jewellery supplier, who has an exclusive list of clientele, has claimed that Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor is its "long-standing" customer.

But Global Royalty Trading SAL, a jewellery firm based in Beirut, Lebanon, is now suing her over a consignment of "missing" jewellery.

It is seeking a mandatory order for the 44 jewellery, amounting to US$14,787,770 (S$20,097,318), to be returned.

Checks showed Global Royalty is an established international jeweller, supplying fine jewellery to royalty and wealthy customers around the world.

The firm said it has been customary over the years to deliver jewellery to Rosmah on a "consignment basis" at her request.

It alleged that the jewellery delivered to the wife of former premier Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was for her to evaluate and thereafter purchase those she selected.

The firm claimed Rosmah would issue payment on her own capacity or via third parties for jewellery she selected, while the balance pieces would be returned.

"The defendant (Rosmah) would personally receive the jewellery herself and/or via her representatives/agents in Kuala Lumpur, Dubai or Singapore.

"This was the natural course of all transactions between the plantiff (Global Royalty) and the defendant. All dealings were done with vide the plaintiff's representative and/or salesperson," the statement of claim read.

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Global Royalty alleged it delivered 44 pieces of jewellery worth around RM60 million (S$20.3 million) to Rosmah in February.

On June 26, the firm filed a suit against Rosmah at the Kuala Lumpur High Court, naming her as the sole defendant through Messrs David Gurupatham and Koay.

In its statement of claim, Global Royalty referred to its memorandum no. 926 dated Feb 10, that it had through its salesperson/agent Samer Halimeh and/or Maen Shakhsir, delivered the jewellery by hand to Rosmah.

Former Malaysia PM Najib charged with corruption

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    Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is expected to face several charges for committing offences under two Acts, sources said.

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    "We believe Najib will be charged under the Anti Money-Laundering Act and the Penal Code," a source told The Star yesterday.

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    Other sources said Najib is expected to face four counts of committing criminal breach of trust and anti-money laundering charges involving a total of RM42mil and believed to be linked to the SRC International Sdn Bhd case.

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    Yesterday, Najib was arrested at his house in Jalan Lang­gak Duta in Kuala Lumpur at about 3pm and was whisked to the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya about an hour later.

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    Supporters of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak hold up signs, ahead of his arrival to court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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    Rosmah Mansor, wife of Malaysia's former Prime Minister Najib Razak, leaves a courtroom in Kuala Lumpur.

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    Family members of Malaysia's former Prime Minister Najib Razak leave a court in Kuala Lumpur

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    Malaysia's Attorney-General Tommy Thomas speaks during a news conference outside a courtroom in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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    A supporter of Malaysia's former Prime Minister Najib Razak conflicts with a police officer outside a court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Among the priciest items is a diamond cushion ring at US$925,000. The ring consists of a 16.5-carat fancy greenish blue diamond with a VVS2 grade certified by the Gemological Institute of America.

The least expensive is a pair of fancy diamond earrings with 64 diamonds, weighing 31.96 carats, worth US$124,000.

The firm claimed that Rosmah confirmed the receipt of the 44 items in a letter dated May 22.

This was several days after police raided the residences and offices related to Najib, beginning May 16.

On June 27, the police told a press conference that the cash, jewellery, luxury handbags, watches and sunglasses seized from premises linked to Najib are worth up to RM1.1bil.

Malaysian police search places linked to ousted PM Najib

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    The cash and items seized from the six residences linked to Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak amounted to between RM900 million (S$304 million) and RM1.1 billion, say the police.

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    He said that more than 12,000 pieces of jewellery - comprising 2,200 rings, 1,400 necklaces, 2,100 bracelets, 2,800 pairs of earrings,1,600 brooches and 14 tiaras were seized.

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    He added that this was the biggest seizure in Malaysian history.

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    Najib's wife Rosmah Mansor arrived at the headquarters of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to have her statement recorded in connection with a suspicious transfer of about $10.6 million (S$14.2 million) from the former 1MDB unit SRC International.

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    The sum is just a fraction of the billions of dollars allegedly siphoned from 1MDB, the state fund that Najib set up, in a scandal that dogged the last three years of his near-decade-long rule and was a key reason why he was voted out in a May 9 election.

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    M. Puravalen, a lawyer acting for Najib and Rosmah in connection with the SRC investigations, told Reuters on Tuesday he had "ceased acting" for Najib and Rosmah.

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    He said a second lawyer, Yusof Zainal Abideen, had also quit.

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    Puravalen, Abideen and other members of their legal team were reported to have walked out because they failed to reach common ground with Najib on several issues.

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    Najib has already made a series of statements to anti-graft investigators

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    but attention has shifted to his wife after police discovered hundreds of luxury handbags and a stash of jewelry and cash during raids on apartments linked to Najib and his family.

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    Malaysian police have seized 284 boxes filled with designer handbags, watches, jewellery and cash in various currencies from three luxury condominiums.

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    Comm Amar said the designer handbags were of various brands including Louis Vuitton and Birkin bags from Hermes.

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    He added that it was impossible for police to estimate the value of the items seized because there were just too many items and cash seized.

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    He also said that the apartment was not owned by Najib but a "Tan Sri".

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    Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Comm Datuk Seri Amar Singh, who led the raids at Pavilion Residences here said this was part of its investigations into 1MDB.

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    This follows a police check of six locations linked to former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak here and in Putrajaya, including the Prime Minister's Office, his official residence as well as four other residences.

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    When asked whether Najib would be arrested, he said: "There is no indication that they (the police) will do it."

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    He said Najib and his family were cooperative with police. "They (the police) also acted professionally," he said.

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"The defendant confirmed in writing that the said goods (jewellery) consigned to her were no longer in her possession but were in fact seized by the Malaysian authorities and is currently in their custody," the statement of claim said.

It added that the memorandum of delivery contained terms and conditions, being the delivery and return of the jewellery and the title to jewellery remains the sole and exclusive property of Global Royalty.

Global Royalty is seeking a declaration from the High Court that it is the lawful owner of the 44 items.

It is also seeking an order that the defendant would give the confirmed list of the seized items and a mandatory order that the jewellery be returned to the firm.

Alternatively, Global Royalty said if the items may not be recoverable or unrecoverable in full or in part, Rosmah will be held liable to pay the full cost.

The payment is to be made together with interest at the prescribed rate of 8 per cent per annum from the date of filing to the date of recovery.

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