Jho Low likely bought Rosmah's pink diamond necklace

Jho Low likely bought Rosmah's pink diamond necklace
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PETALING JAYA - Court documents contradict claims by former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak over who paid for the US$27.3 million (S$37.5 million) pink diamond necklace meant for his wife.

The indictment papers by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) against fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho stated that the necklace was purchased by a shell company owned by Low and several co-conspirators.

On Sept 28, 2013, Low asked a high-end New York jeweller to meet him, a “Malaysian Official #1” and the official’s wife at a hotel in New York to show the necklace made especially for her.

Reports suggest that the unnamed “Malaysian Official #1” is Najib, due to many circumstantial correlations.

This contradicts Najib’s claims that the diamond necklace was a gift from a United Arab Emirates prince.

He had told Al Jazeera’s 101 East in an exclusive interview recently that Sheikh Mansour, the brother of Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, who is also the chairman of International Petroleum Invest­ment Company, intended to present it to his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

In the same documents, the DOJ also alleged that Low and other co-conspirators transferred US$4.1mil to the bank account of the same jeweller to pay for gold jewellery for Rosmah.

The documents also revealed that Low described bribes as “cakes” for Rosmah, who was described as “madam boss”.

In a series of electronic messages in 2014, Low allegedly also discussed the need to entertain another official connected to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) in order to help Goldman Sachs executive Tim Leissner secure a role in a proposed initial public offering of the company’s energy assets.

Low allegedly later asked a co-conspirator for money from a shell account to be transferred into the account of another company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands so that the co-conspirator could “settle madam cakes 2”.

Rosmah's attire and accessories capture attention during questioning

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    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).

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    The charges framed against her are under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (AMLATFPUAA) 2001.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    This was the second time Rosmah had been questioned by the MACC.

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    The last time out, she wore a blue baju kurung and red tudung, with her bright red Versace handbag drawing the most stares.

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    The last time out, she wore a blue baju kurung and red tudung, with her bright red Versace handbag drawing the most stares.

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    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.

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    This time round, she entered the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters at 9.50am on Sept 26 and emerged at 10.40pm.

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    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.

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    Investigators have not ruled out that Najib as well as other individuals could be faced with even more charges related to the 1MDB case.

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    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.

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