Rosmah to be charged today over Sarawak solar hybrid project

by BERNAMA / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

DATIN Seri Rosmah Mansor, who is the wife of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak, will be charged in the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court today over a solar hybrid project for rural schools in Sarawak.

This would mark the second time that she will be charged for the same case. The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), in a statement yesterday, said the commission had obtained permission from the Attorney-General’s Chambers to make the charges against Rosmah.

It said Rosmah would be charged under Section 16(a)(A) of the MACC Act.

Meanwhile, Rosmah was seen entering the compound of the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya yesterday in a black Proton Perdana at 1.45pm and left about two hours later.

On Nov 15 last year, Rosmah pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court to two counts of soliciting RM187.5 million and receiving RM1.5 million for projects to provide solar energy to 369 rural schools in Sarawak.

The charge was made under Section 16(a)(A) of the MACC Act, which provides an imprisonment for up to 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the amount of the gratification or RM10,000, whichever is higher, upon conviction.

Separately, the defence team in Najib’s case over SRC International Sdn Bhd funds had filed a notice of motion seeking to revoke the seven charges on grounds that they are defective.

Deputy public prosecutor Budiman Lutfi Mohamed said the prosecution had received the notice of motion and affidavit on the matter yesterday.

“The prosecution will file the affidavit-in-reply on April 15 and the defence will reply on April 19.

“Both parties also have to file their submissions by April 22,” he told reporters after the proceeding before Kuala Lumpur High Court deputy registrar Mahyudin Mohmad Som.

Budiman Lutfi, however, said the date for hearing of the notice of motion has yet to be fixed.

At yesterday’s proceeding, Najib was represented by lawyer Muhammad Farhan Muhammad Shafee.

In the notice of motion filed on April 3, Najib is seeking for the court to suspend or revoke the seven charges made against him in the case, on grounds that they are an abuse of the court process and defective in terms of form and substance.

Najib, 66, is facing three counts of criminal breach of trust, one charge of abusing his position and three counts of money laundering over SRC International funds amounting to RM42 million.

Hearing of the case will continue on April 15. — Bernama