KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here has allowed the transfer of Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor's money laundering case involving about RM7mil to the High Court from the Sessions Court.
Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali made the transfer order during a case management and hearing on the application of transfer here on Thursday (Nov 29).
"I take the view that the transfer would expedite the process of justice. The application was also not objected by the prosecution.
"Therefore, I am allowing the transfer," he said.
Earlier, the court heard submission from Rosmah's lawyer, Datuk Geethan Ram Vincent.
"We feel it is in the interest of justice that this case is heard at the High Court," he said.
Lead prosecutor Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram, who appeared for the prosecution, did not object.
On Oct 4, Rosmah (pic), who is the wife of the former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, was charged with 12 counts of engaging directly in transactions involving proceeds of unlawful activity by causing RM7,097,750 to be deposited into her bank account.
The offences were allegedly committed at the Affin Bank Bhd branch at Bangunan Getah Asli, 148, Jalan Ampang here between Dec 4, 2013, and June 8, 2017.
For the five remaining charges (between 13th and 17th charges), Rosmah, 66, was allegedly engaged in money laundering by failing to furnish a return on the RM7,097,750 income deposited into her bank account, which she was required to do under the Income Tax Act 1967.
The offences were allegedly committed at the Inland Revenue Board, Kompleks Bangunan Kerajaan, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim here on May 1 of each year between 2014 and this year.
Eight charges were framed under Section 4(1)(a) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001 while the rest of the charges were under Section 4(1)(a) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.