Najib, Rosmah never bought pink diamond, claim lawyers


PETALING JAYA: Neither Datuk Seri Najib Razak nor Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor have ever bought the pink diamond, which was mentioned by Bukit Aman in a statement on Saturday (April 13), her lawyers claim.

Lawyers Datuk Geethan Ram Vincent and Datuk K. Kumaraendran, who represented Rosmah, said the duo have never received the pink diamond.

"As mentioned by police, the pink diamond was not in the possession of Datuk Seri Najib Razak or Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor," they said in a statement.

The lawyers were commenting on a Bukit Aman statement on the pink diamond, which was issued before polling for the Rantau by-election started.

On Saturday (April 13), Bukit Aman confirmed that a money trail had been established on the purchase of a pink diamond that allegedly used 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) funds,
Bukit Aman IGP secretariat Anti-Money Laundering division chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Khalil Azlan Chik had said investigators had obtained evidence that the pink diamond worth US$23mil (RM94.6mil) was bought from a jeweller in New York, using 1MDB funds.

"Even though the diamond was not found during the raids we conducted, we have found enough evidence to show that the diamond was purchased," he said.

He was commenting on the denial issued by Rosmah regarding the purchase of the pink diamond.

Earlier this week, Rosmah said she would forgive those who had slandered her over her alleged purchase of the 22-carat pink diamond.

She said this in response to a deputy minister's statement in the Dewan Rakyat that there had been no purchase of a pink diamond, said to be linked to her.

Rosmah claimed the issue was trumped up by certain parties to "use it for the elections".

"If people come to apologise to me, I will forgive them. But what is more important is to apologise to the people," she said at the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex on Wednesday.

On Monday, a news portal reported that Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah said the sales agent who brought in a pink diamond, along with other items of jewellery for the "wife of a VVIP", declared the items when taking them out of Malaysia.

"No purchase took place because the agent took the jewellery out (of the country)," he said.


   

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