Najib, Rosmah inspected over 300 handbags, 400 watches over the weekend

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KUALA LUMPUR (July 27): Former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor over the weekend inspected 306 handbags, 401 watches, 16 watch accessories and 234 eyeglasses that were seized by the authorities from OBYU Holdings Sdn Bhd at the Pavilion Residences in May 2018.

Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Faten Hadni Khairuddin told reporters this following case management in the High Court here today.

Earlier, Faten Hadni told Justice Datuk Muhammad Jamil Hussin that Najib and Rosmah inspected non-jewellery items over the weekend.

Following that, Faten Hadni asked the court to fix another case management for Najib, Rosmah and Lebanese firm Global Royalty Trading SAL to possibly decide on a date to view the jewellery items.

This comes as the owner of Global Royalty cannot come into the country to view those items due to the country's borders being closed to foreigners because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We need to coordinate so that Najib, Rosmah and the owner of Global Royalty can view the jewellery in one session,” she said.

The judge fixed Aug 26 as the date for case management.

In total, the prosecution had seized close to 12,000 jewellery items and other valuables from the premises owned by OBYU. The company, owned by Tan Sri Bustari Yusof who is a close confidante of Najib, had relinquished claims on those items.

It was previously reported that the prosecution had filed forfeiture proceedings against OBYU for the items, including jewellery, handbags, watches, eyeglasses and cash said to be worth RM680 million.

Najib, Rosmah, Umno and Global Royalty are contesting the forfeiture as third parties. Umno is claiming an unspecified amount of cash placed in the properties.

It was reported in 2018 that Global Royalty filed a suit against Rosmah after purportedly sending 44 jewellery items said to be worth US$14.79 million (RM60 million) to the latter in February 2018 for her consideration should she want to purchase them — before the items were seized.

Justice Muhammad Jamil last March allowed Najib and Rosmah to view the jewellery items seized by the authorities — which are now kept in Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM).

Global Royalty was today represented by lawyer Venathani Rajagopal.