Jamie Chua's ugly divorce case: The low-down

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Socialite Jamie Chua is involved in a divorce case battle over wealth with her former husband. The high-profile socialite is demanding a $450,000 monthly maintenance fee and has successfully frozen her husband's $93m assets.

The Jamie Chua divorce case against Indonesian businessman and multi-millionaire, Nurdian Cuaca, marked an ugly end to another high-profile couple in Singapore.

Jamie Chua was a stewardess in Singapore Airlines before marrying the Indonesian tycoon. They had been married for 15 years with two children, who were aged 19 and 14 at the time the divorce case was filed in February 2011. They cited "unreasonable behaviour" as the reason for the divorce.

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Facts about the Jamie Chua divorce case

During the divorce proceedings, Nurdian Cuaca owned two houses in Sentosa Cove and Hong Kong, shares in a private company, a wine collection and three luxury cars (a Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini). The total value of the company shares stood at a grand total of $79.2 million, while the two homes were worth $14.6 million.

Jamie and her lawyers had applied for an asset freeze and interim maintenance order because Nurdian had reduced her monthly maintenance amount and cancelled her supplementary card.

In explaining the decision to freeze Mr Cuaca's assets, the judge said the latter was found to have transferred $3.2 million from a bank in Singapore to Indonesia. Nurdian claimed the funds belonged to his sister, Risna.

However, the judge wrote that there was strong evidence that the removal of the amount was to shrink the matrimonial assets that would be divided by the courts. Given the circumstances, the judge said the withdrawal of $3.2 million "was not legitimate and was not justified."

In addition, Nurdian had also attempted on two occasions to dispose of his wine collection in their matrimonial home and shut down the couple's shoe business, Cloud 9 Lifestyle.

Jamie successfully froze her former husband’s $93m assets while seeking $450,000 in monthly maintenance for herself and their kids. The Jamie Chua divorce case was eventually settled out of court in November 2011 and Jamie received an unspecified amount of money and properties. 

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Getting into hot water with Interpol

Nurdian Cuaca was reportedly on the Interpol list for fraud charges. However, a statement released to The Straits Times by Nudrian's lawyer cited that the tycoon was "unaware of any valid basis for the Interpol Red Notice, which appears to have originated from a source from Jakarta."

The lawyer added that the Nurdian had travelled freely from Singapore to Indonesia and other countries since November 2010.

According to the Interpol website, a Red Notice is a "warrant to be circulated worldwide with the request that the wanted person be arrested with a view to extradition."

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She wakes up in her luxuriously comfortable bedroom, heads out for a fashion shoot, but she cannot wait to return to her lovely home at the end of the day, because it was designed just for her by Splendor.

Madam Chua says, "Contrary to what people see of me, I’m actually simple at heart. I only want what every girl wants in life. You want to be loved by your loved ones, you want to have nice things." (Yahoo News)