A well-known jeweller in London is filing charges against the wife of the former Prime Minister of Malaysia in a bitter row over £11.5 worth of million gems that came from a boutique shop that is located in Knightsbridge.
Samer Halimeh has a high-end clientele portfolio which includes many of the rich and famous people in the world. It is calling for the return of 44 pieces of jewellery which have already been received but not yet paid for by Rosmah Mansor, the former First Lady of Malaysia.
The fought-over luxury collection includes a diamond ring that is worth more than £700,000. It was sent to the former First Lady on a “try-before-you-buy” basis in anticipation of the victory of her husband Najib Razak during the national elections in Malaysia last May.
However, Mansor never gave the payment for the jewels after the surprising defeat of her husband at the polls, which has since resulted to the couple being investigated and having their assets seized over missing government funds by the authorities of Kuala Lumpur.
Included in the seized items is over £200 million worth of jewellery, which included the unpaid-for diamonds that were sent over by Halimeh. The jeweller now insists that the jewels be returned as he is still considered to be their legal owner.
Halimeh is born in Lebanon. He has previously sold jewellery to the likes of Angelina Jolie and Oprah Winfrey. He said that he was “saddened” that he was provoked to bring court action against the former first lady, signalling an end to the “ten-year relationship with her and her husband, which started in London based on charity and fashion events.”