Najib, Rosmah allowed to inspect seized luxury goods from July 21

On June 10, the court had allowed Najib’s application to inspect the items seized by the police


THE Kuala Lumpur High Court has allowed former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor to inspect luxury items that were seized by the police in the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) investigation from July 21 onwards.

Judge Datuk Muhammad Jamil Hussin did not set a definite date for the viewing, but left it to the counsels of both parties, the police and Bank Negara Malaysia to fix a date after July 21 for the couple to inspect the valuable items, excluding jewellery.

For the jewellery, deputy public prosecutor Faten Hadni Khairuddin said the inspection will be carried out once representatives of the Lebanese jewellery firm Global Royalty Trading SA arrive.

“We cannot confirm when the jeweller will come as our border is currently closed,” Faten Hadni said to the media after the court proceedings yesterday.

On March 11, Rosmah obtained permission to conduct physical inspections on seized assets allegedly linked to the 1MDB fund scandal, but she has yet to do so due to the enforcement of the Movement Control Order .

It was reported that the 44 pieces of jewellery were among the items that were seized from Pavilion Residences during a police raid in 2018.

On June 10, the court had also allowed Najib’s application to inspect the items seized by the police including watches, bags and sunglasses after hearing arguments from his lawyer Tan Sri Dr Muhammad Shafee Abdullah and Faten Hadni.

The prosecution had filed the application to forfeit the assets that were seized from premises belonging to Obyu Holdings Sdn Bhd.

Najib and Rosmah are the third party in the forfeiture application.

The police confiscated these items comprising over 12,000 luxury handbags, jewellery, watches and sunglasses worth RM680 million from an apartment owned by Obyu Holdings in November 2018, a few months after Najib’s administration lost in the 14th General Election.