Crime & Courts

Rosmah stakes claim to RM1 million diamond bracelet

KUALA LUMPUR: Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor is staking claim to the RM1 million white gold diamond bracelet seized by the police during a raid at the Pavilion Residences four years ago.

Her husband, former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, is also seeking to recover seven luxury watches seized by the police during the raid.

The valuables were seized during a raid linked to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) financial scandal at a luxury Pavilion apartment owned by OBYU Holdings Sdn Bhd.

Rosmah's lawyer Azamuddin Abd Aziz said his client would inspect the jewellery via a picture handed over by the prosecution today.

"Global Royalty Trading SAL also is seeking to claim the same jewellery.

"We need three to four days for my client to inspect the picture of the jewellery," he said during proceedings before High Court judge Muhammad Jamil Hussin.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Faten Hadni Khairuddin also asked the court to set new dates for hearing as they need to amend their notice of motion due to several latest development in the case.

However, Najib's lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah insisted the court to continue with the case as his team is ready for the hearing.

He suggested the court take Najib and Rosmah's claims as separate matters.

"These are two separate matters… my client's claim is clear. He wants to claim his seven watches.

"I am in full support of Rosmah's application but lets resolve this seven watches first," he said.

Faten, however, objected to Shafee's application and insisted both matters to be heard together.

She said the prosecution had no intention to delay the case but evidence in both cases are interconnected.

The court fixed June 8 for next case management.

On May 20 last year, the government failed in its bid to forfeit RM114 million in cash that was seized by the police at the unit.

Among the items seized were close to 12,000 pieces of jewellery, RM114 million cash, 284 handbags, 423 watches and 234 pairs of sunglasses, which totalled RM900 million to RM1.1 billion.

They alleged the money and items were linked to 1MDB.

The same court ruled that Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) had failed to prove that the money originated from 1MDB or funds obtained from a criminal breach of trust (CBT) offence.

Jamil in his decision said the investigation officer failed to establish a money trail to prove that the cash originated from unlawful activities.

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