KUALA LUMPUR (May 25): Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and Lebanese jewelry company Global Royalty Trading SAL claim jewelry seized along with other items during a police raid on two luxury condominium units at Pavilion Residences in Bukit Bintang in May 2018.
The piece, a white gold and diamond bracelet worth US$220,000, is part of the government’s forfeiture claim against Obyu Holdings – the owners of the condominium units – for luxury items seized after the defeat of Barisan Nasional in the 14th general elections.
The case was referred to the case management before High Court Judge, Judge Datuk Muhammad Jamil Hussin, during which Rosmah’s lawyer, Azamuddin Abdul Aziz, informed the court that the former first lady was still claiming said piece.
“As of today, Rosmah still claims the sole article with Global Royalty. We will receive photos of said article today,” Azamuddin told the court on Wednesday.
Deputy Attorney General Faten Hadni Khairuddin confirmed that the photos of the jewelry would be handed over to Rosmah on Wednesday.
Global Royalty lawyer Datuk David Gurupatham said for the record that Rosmah waived his right to inspect the room in the Bank Negara Malaysia vault where the seized items were kept.
Global Royalty inspected the items from October 25 through November 3. He added on Wednesday that investigator Foo Wei Min also inspected the items and verified that the item belonged to Global Royalty.
He added that he hoped the issue of this single piece could be resolved as it had financial implications for his client.
It was reported that Rosmah and her husband, former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, waived their right to inspect the items last year as Rosmah was to travel to Singapore to visit his daughter, Nooryana Najwa. Najib, while Najib was involved in his parliamentary duties. .
The forfeiture claim is against Obyu Holdings for seized items allegedly related to 1Malaysia Development Bhd. Najib, Rosmah and Global Royalty are third parties in this application.
Among the items seized were nearly 12,000 jewellery, RM114 million in cash, 284 handbags, 423 watches and 234 pairs of sunglasses, for a total of RM900-1.1 billion.
In August 2021, the RM114 million in cash was returned to Najib after the court rejected the government’s request to confiscate the money, a decision the prosecution decided not to appeal.
Shafee: Najib’s only remaining claim is over seven watches
Also in court on Wednesday, Najib’s lawyer, Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, said the former prime minister did not claim the bracelet. Najib’s only remaining claim was for more than seven watches, but Shafee did not disclose the value of said items.
He said he was ready to proceed with the hearing so that time was not wasted and the matter could be settled. However, the prosecution said it needed more time to amend the notice of motion due to new developments.
“I have instructions that the entire notice of motion must be amended and not done piecemeal. Otherwise, we will [make] amendments for these seven points and make additional changes for other points. We want an orderly process,” Faten said, adding that the prosecution has no intention of delaying the case.
Judge Muhammad Jamil has set June 8 to continue handling the case.
Lebanese jeweler completes inspection of seized jewelry implicated in government forfeiture lawsuit; Najib and Rosmah absent