The High Court here has ordered the government to confirm whether the 44 pieces of jewelry loaned by a Lebanese jeweler to Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor were part of police raids in their investigation into 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
High Court Judicial Commissioner Wong Chee Lin made the order after the court was informed by Senior Federal Counsel Izham Marzuki that the Attorney General’s Chambers could not confirm whether the 44 items of jewelry by Global Royalty Trading SAL were part of the 12,000-piece haul by the police.
The 44 pieces of jewelry are worth RM60mil, and the investigation was into Rosmah’s husband, former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
JC Wong told the government on Thursday (Oct 11) to submit an affidavit on its reply in two weeks.
n July, Beirut-based Global Royalty Trading filed a RM60 million (S$20 million) suit against Rosmah over the 44 pieces of jewelry allegedly sent to her earlier this year and which had been seized by the police.
The firm, in its statement of claim, said the former premier’s wife had acknowledged in a letter on May 22 that she received the items.
Global Royalty Trading said in its statement of claim dated Feb 10 that the 44 pieces of jewelry comprising a tiara, diamond necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings, were sent to Rosmah.
The statement of claim added that while Rosmah had acknowledged in writing to receiving the consignment, the items were no longer in her custody.
The police raided several houses linked to Najib over a few days beginning May 16.
Global Royalty Trading also alleged that Rosmah was a long-standing customer and that it would send consignments of jewelry to her on her demand.
She would then evaluate and purchase the items, which she paid for on her own or through a third party.
The firm added that Rosmah would sometimes loan the jewelry, with the receiving party being herself or her agent in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or Dubai.
Global Royalty Trading also said those that were not chosen would be returned.
The jewelry firm is seeking a declaration from the court that it is the rightful owner of the 44 items.
It is also seeking a mandatory order for the items to be returned and failure to do so, for Rosmah to pay the amount based on the value of the items.