No import declaration made on jewellery sent to Malaysian ex-PM Najib's wife Rosmah

Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, in her statement of defence filed on July 23, 2018, denied that she had bought the jewellery.
Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, in her statement of defence filed on July 23, 2018, denied that she had bought the jewellery. PHOTO: REUTERS

KUALA LUMPUR (BERNAMA) - There was no import declaration made to the Royal Malaysian Customs Department regarding the delivery of 44 pieces of jewellery linked to Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former premier Najib Razak, said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.

"From a check of the records available under the Customs information system for seven years in line with the period of record keeping, it was found that there was no import declaration made on the jewellery," Mr Lim said when winding up the debate on the motion of thanks for the Royal Address for his ministry at the Parliament sitting on Tuesday (July 31).

Mr Lim said the absence of import declaration on imported items constituted an offence. Action taken can include seizure of the items, he added.

On July 10, a jewellery wholesaling company in Lebanon filed a summons on Ms Rosmah to demand that she return the jewellery that was sent to her for selection or pay for the jewellery concerned, amounting to US$14.79 million (S$20 million).

However, Ms Rosmah, in her statement of defence filed on July 23, denied that she had bought the jewellery.

The jewellery was among the money, jewellery, luxury handbags, luxury watches and dark glasses worth an estimated RM1.1 billion which were seized from the premises linked to Najib last month.