Rosmah ordered to attend case management


Heading to court: Rosmah’s lawyer’s request for her to be excused from the July 24 court session was denied.

KUALA LUMPUR: Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor has been ordered to attend the case management for the RM5mil bribery charge relating to a solar hybrid project.

Sessions Court judge Azura Alwi yesterday ruled that Rosmah must be present for the case management, which is set for July 24.

Rosmah’s lawyer Datuk Akberdin Abdul Kader earlier requested an exception to be granted for Rosmah on that date, citing that the case management was a matter of “internal formality”.

This, he said, was because an earlier date was set for this Friday that would decide whether the prosecution’s application to transfer the case from the Sessions Court to the High Court would be granted.

“There will be no ruling and (the case management is) just to transmit the case to the High Court. This is just a matter of internal formality.

“Thus, we would like to request that our client be excused,” he told the court.

However, Azura said: “I might allow her absence if it only involved the transfer of documents between lawyers, but this involves transmission of the case.”

Earlier, DPP Mohd Farizul Hassan Bakri told the court that the transfer of the case would be heard by the High Court here on Friday.

Azura told the prosecution and defence teams to be present in court on Friday to brief her on the High Court application hearing and for the case mention.

She said Rosmah could be excused from attending Friday’s session.Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Rosmah’s husband, was also present in the courtroom.

Rosmah was charged with receiving a bribe of RM5mil from Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd managing director Saidi Abang Samsudin through her aide Datuk Rizal Mansor.

She was allegedly given the money for assisting Jepak Holdings to obtain a solar hybrid project for 396 rural schools in Sarawak through direct negotiations with the Education Ministry.

She allegedly committed the offence at her home in Jalan Lang­gak Duta, Taman Duta here on Dec 20, 2016.

The charge under Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 carries a maximum jail term of 20 years with a fine of up to five times the value of the graft or RM10,000, whichever is higher, upon conviction.

On Nov 15 last year, Rosmah was charged with two counts of soliciting RM187.5mil and receiving RM1.5mil over the same project.


   

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