Rosmah’s bribery charge amended

Holding up: Rosmah and Najib holding hands at the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur.

KUALA LUMPUR: The graft charge against Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who is accused of receiving a RM5mil bribe over a solar hybrid system project, was amended at the Sessions Court.

The wife of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak maintained her not guilty plea after the amended charge was read out before judge Azura Alwi here yesterday.

DPP Datuk Mohd Dusuki Mokhtar earlier told the court that the charge was amended as the prosecution had to amend the address where the alleged offence took place.

According to the charge sheet, Rosmah was accused of receiving a RM5mil bribe from Jepak Holdings managing director Saidi Abang Samsudin via her aide, Datuk Rizal Mansor, at Seri Perdana Residence, Persiaran Seri Perdana, Precinct 10, Putrajaya, on Dec 20, 2016.

The offence under Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act carries a sentence of imprisonment of up to 20 years and a fine of no less than five times the amount of gratification or RM10,000, whichever is higher, if convicted.

The earlier charge sheet mentioned a house in Jalan Langgak Duta, Taman Duta, on Dec 20, 2016, as the place where the offence allegedly took place.

Mohd Dusuki informed the court that the prosecution applied for the case to be transferred to the High Court.

“The High Court has fixed May 28 for case management,” he said.

Hearing dates are expected to be fixed then, he added.

Azura fixed June 25 for mention, pending the outcome of the High Court proceeding.


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