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Thursday, 6 March 2014

Ex-shuttler acquitted of taking Sultan of Brunei’s ex-wife’s jewellery

Fatimah Kumin Lim

Fatimah Kumin Lim

A LONDON jury acquitted Fatimah Kumin Lim of stealing millions worth of diamonds belonging to the ex-wife of the Sultan of Brunei.

The jury reached its verdict after a trial lasting several days at the Isleworth Crown Court where Lim, 35, had denied the charges and fought the case with a legal aid lawyer.

She had been accused of taking the jewellery belonging to Mariam Aziz and was said to have replaced them with fakes.

The stolen jewellery included a pear-shaped 12.71-carat blue diamond worth £7.6mil (RM41mil), a rectangular 27.1 carat yellow diamond worth £600,000 (RM3.2mil) and a diamond bracelet worth £3.3mil (RM18mil).

Lim turned professional when she was 16 and went on to represent Singapore in numerous badminton tournaments, including winning a silver medal at the 2002 Com­monwealth Games.

She quit the sport in December 2002 because of persistent knee injuries, and left for Brunei in 2003 to work as a badminton coach to Mariam.

Prosecutors had alleged Lim sold the jewellery to clear her own gambling debts.

Her Singapore lawyer Hamidul Haq said: “The verdict vindicates Lim as she has consistently maintained her innocence of the charges she faced in England.” — The Straits Times/ Asia News Network

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