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Thursday, 17 May 2018 | MYT 12:00 AM

Khairuddin fails to put Jho Low on witness stand

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Batu Kawan Umno division chief Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan has failed to get Low Taek Jho, or Jho Low, to be cross-examined in his suit to direct Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor to return a 22-carat pink diamond necklace set worth US$27.3mil (RM94mil) allegedly bought with 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) funds.

High Court judge Justice Ahmad Zaidi Ibrahim dismissed Khairuddin’s application to cross-examine Jho Low pertaining to his (Jho Low’s) affidavit to support his (Jho Low’s) application to strike out the suit filed by Khairuddin.

Khairuddin’s counsel Damien Chan said the judge held that there was no need to cross-examine Jho Low at this stage, according to Bernama.

“The judge also agreed with submissions by Jho Low’s lawyer that the application by the plaintiff (Khairuddin) has no merit,” he told reporters after the judge made the ruling in chambers yesterday.

Counsel Rishwant Singh acted for Jho Low.

Chan also said the court set today to hear the application by the defendants, Jho Low, Rosmah and 1MDB, to strike out Khairuddin’s suit.

The defendants filed the application on Sept 7, 2017, on the grounds that Khairuddin had no locus standi to file the suit against them.

Khairuddin filed the suit on Aug 16, 2016, claiming that between June 2013 and March 2014, Jho Low, through his agent, had bought jewellery from New York jeweller Lorraine totalling US$27.3mil.

He claimed that the money was taken from 1MDB.

Khairuddin further contended that the jewellery, in the form of a pink diamond valued at US$23mil and a necklace valued at US$4.3mil (RM17mil), was received as a gift by Rosmah in March 2014.

As such, he is seeking a court order for Rosmah to return the jewellery to 1MDB and for Jho Low to pay the amount of money allegedly taken from 1MDB, as well as damages, costs and other reliefs deemed fit by the court.