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Former Singapore shuttler allegedly stole from ex-wife of Brunei sultan to settle $10m debt

Published on Feb 12, 2014 4:54 PM

THE trial of a former national shuttler from Singapore accused of stealing diamonds from the ex-wife of the Brunei Sultan has thrown up more tales of intrigue and deception resulting from gambling sprees in top casinos.

A British court heard that Fatimah Lim, 35, confessed to Brunei police that she stole diamonds from Madam Mariam Aziz, 57, in order to pay off a £5 million (S$10.4 million ) debt to five London casinos, reported The Daily Telegraph.

"I had the idea of getting the diamond rings and selling them off to pay my debts - my intention was to get the diamond rings back after paying my debt," Lim said in her statemet to Brunei police.

Lim, a 2002 Commonwealth Games silver medallist, is on trial in London accused of stealing three pieces of jewellery worth £12 million from Madam Mariam in 2009, replacing two of them with replicas of glass and the mineral tanzanite made by British jeweller Edwin Solomon.

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