FOUR months after a court order, police are still unable to determine whether it has in its possession 44 pieces of jewellery delivered to Rosmah Mansor, which were allegedly not paid for, from a Lebanese jeweller.
Federal counsel Shaiful Nizam Shahrin told the Kuala Lumpur High Court today police still could not confirm whether the jewellery from Global Royalty Trading SAL worth RM60 million were part of the 12,000-piece haul from raids on premises linked to former prime minister Najib Razak in May last year.
Shaiful told the court that the police were unable to confirm or clarify where the 44 items came from.
He also said the government intends to file an application to stay the proceedings pending a confirmation from police on the matter.
Judicial commissioner Wong Chee Lin fixed February 25 for parties to file applications to stay proceedings.
He also ordered the Attorney-General’s Chambers to file the government’s defence by the same day.
David Gurupatham, the lawyer representing Global Trading SAL, told The Malaysian Insight that the court has already maintained March 4 and 5 as the the trial dates.
“The defendant (Rosmah) will have to come to court and explain where these jewellery are, or if indeed, they were seized,” Gurupatham said.
The jewellery firm is run by Lebanese-American Samer Halimeh who filed his suit in July last year.
Last October, the court ordered the Malaysian government and the attorney-general to confirm whether they have in possession the 44 pieces of jewellery.
In the affidavit filed by former Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Amar Singh, who led the raids on the premises linked to Najib, he claimed that the police had seized the items.
In a subsequent affidavit, police said it could not confirm whether they have seized the 44 items.
Halimeh had also filed an affidavit saying he had yet to receive confirmation from police on whether they were in possession of the 44 pieces of jewellery.
Another jeweller, Dubai-based Adi Hasan Al-Fardan is also seeking to recover jewellery worth more than US$5 million (RM20.75 million) delivered to Rosmah.
He too claimed that he had not been paid but has yet to file a suit.