Court to hear Rosmah’s bid to stay jewellery trial on October 22

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – Malaysia’s High Court yesterday fixed October 22 to hear former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s spouse Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor’s application to stay the trial of a lawsuit filed by a Lebanese jewellery firm seeking the return of 44 pieces of jewellery worth almost RM60 million, which is claimed to have been sent to the former prime minister’s wife for viewing purposes.

Lawyer Datuk David Gurupat-ham, representing the jewellery firm, Global Royalty Trading SAL said the application would be heard in the morning before Justice Wong Chee Lin.

“If the court rules not in favour to Rosmah, the trial to proceed in the afternoon and we are ready with three witnesses including Lebanese jeweller, Samir Halimeh to testify,” he told reporters after the case management mentioned in chambers before Justice Wong. The lawyer said the court fixed three days, beginning October 22 for trial.

However, Gurupatham said he objected to Rosmah’s stay application saying that their case was only to recover the 44 pieces of jewellery and his client would file an affidavit to object the stay.

Rosmah filed the stay pending the outcome of the government’s appeal at the Court of Appeal against the court’s decision to allow her to appoint an independent jewellery expert to identify and verify the number of jewellery pieces currently in the custody of Bank Negara Malaysia.

In its suit, Global Royalty claimed that on February 10, 2018, it had sent 44 pieces of jewellery worth between RM519,183 and RM3.8 million to the defen-dant, hand-delivered via two of its agents.