Rosmah fails to stay proceedings in suit by Lebanese jewellery firm

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The High Court here Tuesday (Oct 22) dismissed Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor’s (pic) application to stay the trial of a lawsuit filed by a Lebanese jewellery firm seeking the return of 44 pieces of jewellery worth US$14.79mil (RM60mil), which is claimed to have been sent to the former prime minister’s wife for viewing purposes.


Justice Wong Chee Lin ordered Rosmah to pay RM3,000 in costs to the Lebanese jewellery firm.


Earlier, lawyer Mohamed Reza Rahim, representing Rosmah, submitted that they were waiting the government’s appeal at the Court of Appeal against the court’s decision to allow Rosmah to appoint an independent jewellery expert to identify and verify the number of jewellery pieces currently in the custody of Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM).


“However, we are ready, able and prepared to proceed with the trial,”he said.


Lawyer Datuk David Gurupatham, acting for the jewellery firm Global Royalty Trading SAL, said the trial was supposed to proceed Tuesday as Lebanese jeweller Samir Halimeh was ready to take the stand.


In its suit, Global Royalty claimed that on Feb 10,2018, it had sent 44 pieces of jewellery, including diamond necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets and tiaras, each worth between US$124,000 (RM519,183) and US$925,000 (RM3.8mil) to the defendant, hand-delivered via two of its agents.


The company said Rosmah had acknowledged receipt of the items and agreed to the terms and conditions contained in Memorandum No 926 pertaining to the jewellery.


The company claimed Rosmah, via a letter dated May 22,2018, also confirmed and acknowledged the receipt of the jewellery but stated that all the jewellery was no longer in her possession because it was seized and placed under the custody of the Malaysian authorities.


Global Royalty has applied for the court to declare it as the legal owner of all the jewellery items and that ownership had never been transferred to the defendant.


It is also seeking a mandatory order for Rosmah to provide a list of the jewellery seized, for these to be returned or for Rosmah to pay the price of the jewellery at US$14.79mil (RM59.83mil). – Bernama