Selangor Journal

Global Royalty sues Rosmah Mansor over 43 ‘missing’ pieces of jewellery

KUALA LUMPUR, April 17 — A wholesale jeweller from Lebanon has filed a suit against Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, demanding her to pay US$14.57 or RM67.46 million, for violating the contract involving 43 pieces of jewellery sent to her five years ago.

Global Royalty Trading SAL based in Beirut, as the plaintiff, filed the suit through Messrs David Gurupatham and Koay at the High Court here on March 29, naming the wife of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak as the sole defendant.

In its statement of claim, Global Royalty claimed that Rosmah, 71, had lied in her affidavit and in her statement of defence by saying that 44 pieces of jewellery, including diamond necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets and tiaras sent to her by the company’s agent were seized by the Malaysian authorities for offences under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.

The company said this was because only one of the 44 pieces of jewellery was kept by the police and the remaining 43 pieces were not in the custody of the authorities.

“Therefore, the defendant failed and was negligent to return to the plaintiff the remaining 43 pieces of jewellery amounting to US$14.57 million which were sent to the defendant on February 10, 2018,” it said.

The plaintiff said that based on the Letter of Undertaking signed by Rosmah dated May 22, 2018, she admitted that the jewellery was in her possession and then confiscated by the Malaysian Government.

“However, in the company’s efforts to recover all 44 pieces of jewellery, only one of them could be identified and retrieved from the government by the representative appointed by the plaintiff…that is the diamond emerald bracelet,” it said.

Global Royalty further said that it is the duty of the defendant to take care of all the jewellery and keep it safe.

It also claimed that the defendant had also deceived the company by shifting the burden to the Malaysian Government when in fact, the jewellery had gone missing.

“Therefore, the defendant must be held responsible to pay for the losses due to the missing of the 43 pieces of jewellery as the plaintiff has the right to claim damages,” the jeweller said.

The company is seeking a mandatory order for the jewellery to be returned to the plaintiff in good condition within 14 days from the date of judgment, failing which the defendant shall pay the plaintiff damages of RM67,461,027.37 or US$14,567,270, besides interest, costs and other relief deemed fit by the court.

— Bernama

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