The High Court has fixed Oct 11 to hear an application by former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor to strike out a suit by a Lebanese jeweller for the payment or return of 44 pieces of jewellery worth about RM60 million.
Rosmah’s lawyer Datuk Geethan Ram Vincent told reporters on Friday (July 27) that High Court deputy registrar Siti Faraziana Zainuddin set the date in chambers in the presence of both parties.
Geethan said they filed the application on the grounds that the jewellery was not with Rosmah as the items were with the authorities.
He also said the court would hear the application to intervene by the Government the same day.
The two applications will be heard by High Court judge Wong Chee Lin.
Beirut-based company Global Royalty Trading SAL has named Rosmah as the sole defendant in its lawsuit.
It filed the suit against her at the Kuala Lumpur High Court on June 26 through Messrs David Gurupatham and Koay.
In its statement of claim, the company said Rosmah was a “long-standing customer of the plaintiff”.
The company alleged that a consignment of jewellery was sent her upon her request.
She would then evaluate and buy the items for herself or through a third party.
Global Royalty Trading said Rosmah would return the remaining consignment that was not chosen by her.
The plaintiff said on Feb 10 this year via a memorandum of delivery No 926, salesperson/agent Samer Halimeh and/or Maen Shakhshir had delivered 44 pieces of jewellery worth about RM59.8 million (US$14.8 million).
Among the pieces were a diamond cushion ring worth US$925,000, two fancy diamond necklaces and earrings worth US$670,000; and a fancy diamond necklace and earrings worth US$586,000.
It claimed that Rosmah confirmed and acknowledged receiving the jewellery via a letter dated May 22.
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