Rosmah given seven days to check and confirm 44 pieces of jewellery

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – The High Court yesterday ordered the wife of the former prime minister, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor to check and confirm in seven days the existence of 44 units of jewellery worth USD14.79 million or almost RM60 million in her possession which were allegedly confiscated by police.

Counsel Datuk David Gurupatham who was acting for Lebanese company Global Royalty Trading SAL when met by reporters said the order was issued by Judicial Commissioner Wong Chee Lin after a case management of a suit in her chambers yesterday.

Gurupatham said Rosmah has to prove the whereabouts of all the jewellery concerned and his client was not required to do so.

“The court is of the view and agree with our argument that the trial will be held regardless of whether the jewellery were in police keeping or not as she had confirmed and signed for the consignment of the jewellery,” he said.

Gurupatham said Rosmah had confirmed receiving and signing the consignment of the jewellery as she requested and now she said she need not pay after claiming the jewellery had been seized by police.

“According to the law, it is not the duty of police to prove (the existence of the jewellery),” he said.

The lawyer said the court also ordered all parties to furnish all documents used for the hearing set on March 4 and 5.

On June 26, 2018, Global Royalty as the plaintiff filed a suit against Rosmah as defendant to demand the return of 44 units of jewellery sent to her for selection or pay the price for all the items amounting to USD14.79 million or almost RM60 million.