Officer ‘wrote complaint to start Rosmah probe’

Day in court: Rosmah’s graft hearing continues.

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigating officer told the High Court that she had made a written complaint against Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor on Nov 9,2018, to start investigations into the former prime minister’s wife under Section 16 (a) (A) MACC Act 2009.

Noornabilah Mohd Aziman, 30, said the complaint was prepared on the instructions of her superior, based on a report that had been investigated by the MACC.

The 23rd witness, who is also the last prosecution witness, said from the previous investigation Rosmah was suspected to have solicited and accepted bribes from Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd, where Saidi Abang Samsudin was the firm’s managing director.

Reading her witness statement, she said the bribes were alleged to be a reward for helping the company to secure the Photovoltaic Solar System Integrated Project and maintenance and operation of diesel gensets for 369 rural schools in Sarawak, worth RM1.25bil through direct negotiations from the Education Ministry (MOE).

“I began the investigation by obtaining documents from the MOE, Finance Ministry, Maybank Jalan Tuanku Branch and CIMB Bintulu Branch.

“I also received several other documents such as photographs and sketches of the scene, forensic reports together with CDs and two volumes of Hybrid Solar Project Contract documents.

“I also got hold of recordings of the (alleged) conversation between Datin Seri Rosmah and (her husband) Datuk Seri Najib Razak, letter of appointment for Datuk Rizal Mansor (Rosmah’s former special officer), documents on company information issued by the Companies Commission of Malaysia and other related documents.

“As the investigating officer I also received several other documents from MACC officers who assisted in the investigation, ” she said during examination-in-chief by deputy public prosecutor Idham Abd Ghani.

Also present to testify yesterday was Prime Minister’s Department, Human Resource Division principal assistant secretary Nuryusran Sairan, 46, who confirmed Rizal’s position when he was employed there.

Meanwhile, the fifth prosecution witness, former Education minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, who was called back by the defence for cross-examination could not appear in court, being under home quarantine after returning from Sabah.

Senior DPP Datuk Seri Gopal Ram who confirmed the matter also submitted a letter from MOH stating that Mahdzir was identified as having close contact to an individual who had been confirmed positive for Covid-19 and was to undergo quarantine at his residence in accordance with surveillance and observation order.

“He (Mahdzir) has been served with notice not to leave his residence. We are told he is going for his third Covid-19 test this Wednesday and will only get the result on Thursday. He is under quarantine till Oct 12.

“As such, we seek the court’s indulgence to take this case next week, Oct 13 at 2pm, to have Mahdzir complete the cross-examination and close our case, ” said Sri Ram.

Lead counsel Datuk Jagjit Singh told the court the defence would confirm tomorrow whether they are available on Oct 13, to which Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan agreed.

Rosmah, 69, is facing a charge of soliciting RM187.5mil and two counts of receiving a total RM6.5mil bribe from Saidi, through her former aide Datuk Rizal Mansor, in exchange for helping Jepak Holdings obtain the RM1.25bil Sarawak rural school solar energy project.

The acts were allegedly committed at Lygon Cafe, Sunway Putra Mall, Jalan Putra here, Rosmah’s residence in Jalan Langgak Duta, Taman Duta, and at Seri Perdana, Precinct 10, Putrajaya between January 2016 and September 2017. The hearing continues today. — Bernama

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