In June 2018, the police seized more than RM1 billion worth of items in raids at several premises linked to Najib.
From exclusive gala to RM60m suit: Rosmah’s fallout with Lebanese jewellers
KINIGUIDE | In October 2011, former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak’s wife Rosmah Mansor was in London to attend a charity gala organised by leading diamond trader Samer Halimeh at the five-star Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
The gala was a lavish affair, with fashion designers, dignitaries, and royalty being photographed at the event, including the Pahang Sultanah Kalsom Abdullah.
Almost seven years later, Rosmah and Samer are now on opposite sides of the courtroom, with the Lebanese jeweller being part of an RM60 million suit against the former.
In this Kiniguide, Malaysiakini explains what the suit entails, and who is involved in the Lebanese company behind the suit.
What is the suit about?
The suit, filed by Lebanese wholesale jeweller Global Royalty Trading SAL on June 26, concerns a consignment of 44 pieces of jewellery which was sent to Rosmah in February and seized by the police in May.
In the court documents, it was stated that the February consignment was delivered to Rosmah by Samer, who was listed as the salesperson and agent, in addition to another individual named Maen Shakhshir.
In the suit, Global Royalty claimed that it is the rightful owner of the 44 items of jewellery which was seized by the police and sought a mandatory order for the items to be returned, or alternatively, for Rosmah to pay an amount based on the value of the jewellery.
What do we know about Global Royalty?
Currently not much is known about Global Royalty, although it describes itself as world-famous.
The biggest shareholder and the director-general of the company was listed as “Lina Hassib Halimeh”.
Unlike Global Royalty, Samer has an online presence on most forms of social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as his own website.
A check through Samer’s Instagram page also revealed that he has not only met Rosmah and the Pahang Sultanah, but also met Sarawak governor Abdul Taib Mahmud (photo) in Monaco in May 2014.
However, Samer has also established five storefront locations, in New York, London, Cannes, Riyadh and at the Starhill Gallery in Kuala Lumpur (photo).
Is there any connection between Samer Halimeh and Lina Halimeh?
At this moment, it is unclear whether there is a link between the two Halimehs. Malaysiakini has been unable to unearth any verifiable proof that the pair is connected other than through the lawsuit.
10 July 2018
RM60m worth of gems seized from Najib’s houses from Beirut jeweller?
PETALING JAYA: Did US$14.79 million (RM60 million) worth of jewellery from the estimated RM440 million luxury goods seized from residences linked to former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak come from a wholesale jeweller from Lebanon?
Global Royalty Trading SAL, the jeweller based in Beirut, filed the US$14.79 million suit against Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor at the Kuala Lumpur High Court on June 26.
The suit was over a consignment of 44 pieces of jewellery which were sent to Najib’s wife in February. They were said to be seized by the police in May.
Malaysiakini today reported that the Beirut-based firm alleged Rosmah was a long-standing customer.
In the Feb 10 consignment, the report said 44 pieces of jewellery were sent to Rosmah, including diamond necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings and a tiara worth between US$124,000 and US$925,000 each.
Global Royalty cited a letter dated May 22 in which Rosmah allegedly acknowledged receipt of the jewellery. However, it said in its statement of claim that the items were no longer with Rosmah as they had been seized by the authorities.
The report said Global Royalty is seeking a court declaration that it is the rightful owner of the jewellery, and that the items must be returned failing which Rosmah must pay the amount determined based on the value of the pieces.
Global Royalty claimed that as in previous years, the company would send a consignment of jewellery to Rosmah according to her demand for her to evaluate and purchase, and to be paid by her or by a third party, the portal reported.
It added that pieces of jewellery that were not chosen would be returned.
EXCLUSIVE | A well-known wholesale jeweller from Lebanon filed a US$14.79 million (RM59.831 million) suit against Rosmah Mansor last month over a consignment of 44 pieces of jewellery which were sent to her in February, and seized by the police in May.
In documents sighted by Malaysiakini, Global Royalty Trading SAL filed the suit against the wife of former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur on June 26 through the firm of Messrs David Gurupatham and Koay.
In its statement of claim, the Beirut-based firm alleged that Rosmah was a long-standing customer, and that the company also sold pieces of jewellery around the world, including to royal families.
Global Royalty claimed that as in previous years, the company would send a consignment of jewellery to Rosmah according to her demand for her to evaluate and purchase, and to be paid by her or by a third party.
The company said pieces of jewellery that were not chosen would be returned.
Global Royalty further alleged that at times, Rosmah would borrow the jewellery, and she or her agent would receive them in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or Dubai.
The company claimed that a handover memorandum would accompany the jewellery consignment, describing the terms and conditions.
‘Rosmah acknowledged receiving the items’
Global Royalty, through memorandum number 926 dated Feb 10 this year, had sent the 44 pieces of jewellery, which included diamond necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets and a tiara, each costing between US$124,000 and US$925,000.
The company claimed that Rosmah, in a letter dated May 22, acknowledged receiving those items.
“She had acknowledged in writing on receiving the consignment. However, it is no longer in her custody as it had been seized by the Malaysian authorities,” the statement of claim added.
The terms and conditions of the memorandum included the delivery and return of the jewellery, and that the title of the jewellery remains with the consignor, the owner of the items.
In the suit, Global Royalty sought a declaration from the court that it is the rightful owner of the 44 items of jewellery.
The company further sought a mandatory order for the items to be returned or alternatively, if those items cannot be returned, that Rosmah pays the amount stated based on the value of the jewellery.
The case management on the matter will be held today.
Lebanese jeweller sues Rosmah for RM60 million over seized diamonds
The company says the former prime minister’s wife would sometimes borrow jewellery to evaluate and purchase.
PETALING JAYA: A Lebanese wholesale jeweller has filed a RM60 million suit against Rosmah Mansor for the return of 44 pieces of jewellery seized during police raids of properties linked to her husband Najib Razak in May.
According to Malaysiakini, Global Royalty Trading SAL, a company based in Beirut, filed the US$14.79 million (RM59.831 million) suit against Rosmah at the Kuala Lumpur High Court on June 26.
Last month, the police said over RM1 billion worth of items was seized in raids at several premises linked to Najib after Pakatan Harapan took over Putrajaya in the May 9 polls.
These included 72 bags of cash and valuables, and hundreds of boxes containing luxury handbags.
Thirty-five of the bags contained RM116.7 million in cash while another 25 bags contained 12,000 items of jewellery, including rings and diamond earrings estimated to cost RM440 million in materials alone.
Police said these included 1,400 chains, 2,200 rings, 2,800 pairs of earrings and 14 tiaras. The most valuable piece of jewellery was a white diamond necklace estimated to cost RM6.4 million.