Prosecution applies to transfer Rosmah’s case to High Court

KUALA LUMPUR: The prosecution in the case involving Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who is accused of corruption relating to a solar hybrid project in Sarawak, wants the case to be transferred to the High Court as it has wider jurisdiction than the Sessions Court.

This was among the grounds cited by the prosecution, said deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib.

“We want the case to end in a proper manner as the High Court has a wider jurisdiction compared to the Sessions Court.

“If we start the case at the High Court, we can end this case at the Federal Court,” he said during case management yesterday.

Ahmad Akram also said the prosecution would eventually apply for the case to be jointly tried with Rosmah’s money-laundering cases.

Rosmah’s lawyer Datuk Akberdin Abdul Kader told the court that the defence 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.

High Court judge Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah then fixed March 15 to hear submissions from both parties for the transfer application.

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

In the first charge, Rosmah is accused of soliciting for herself a RM187.5mil bribe from Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd managing director Saidi Abang Samsudin, through her aide Datuk Rizal Mansor.

The money was a reward for helping Bintulu-based 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 in Sarawak.

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

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

In the second charge, Rosmah is accused of receiving RM1.5mil from Saidi as a reward for assisting Jepak Holdings in obtaining 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 counts under Section 16 (a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commis­sion Act, which 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, Rosmah was charged with 17 counts of money laundering involving RM7mil.