Bid to transfer Rosmah case to High Court fixed for Mar 15

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has fixed March 15 to hear the prosecution's application to transfer Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor’s corruption charges, relating to a solar hybrid project for rural schools in Sarawak, from the Sessions Court to the High Court.

Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah fixed the date after Rosmah's lawyer Datuk Akberdin Abdul Kader said they needed to review all 370 pages of documents related to the charges.

“Our client felt that the proceeding against her has been hurried,” he said during the case management proceeding here on Thursday (Jan 24).

DPP Ahmad Akram Gharib appeared for the prosecution.

On Nov 15 last year, Rosmah claimed trial to two charges of graft involving RM187.5mil in connection to projects to provide electricity to schools in Sarawak.

According to the first charge, Rosmah solicited for herself a RM187.5mil bribe from Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd managing director Saidi Abang Samsudin through her aide Datuk Rizal Mansor.

The money is said to be a reward for helping Jepak Holdings obtain a project through direct negotiations with the Education Ministry, for installing solar hybrid systems and for the maintenance and operation of diesel generators for 369 rural schools.

The project was valued at RM1.25bil, and RM187.5mil is 15% of that amount.

Rosmah allegedly committed the offence at Lygon Cafe, Sunway Putra Mall on Jalan Putra here between March and April 2016.

According to the second charge, Rosmah received RM1.5mil from Saidi as a reward for assisting Jepak Holdings obtain the same project.

The offence was allegedly committed at a house in Jalan Langgak Duta, Taman Duta on Sept 7 last year.

She pleaded not guilty to the two charges, which under Section 16 (a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009, carries a maximum 20 years in jail and a fine of not less than five times the amount of gratification or RM10,000, whichever is higher, if convicted.

On Oct 4, last year, Rosmah was charged with 17 counts of money laundering involving RM7mil.