Najib to support Rosmah on decision day of her corruption trial

KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will be by his wife's side on Thursday (Feb 18) when the High Court delivers its decision in the corruption case of Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor involving a solar hybrid project in Sarawak.

His lead counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah told Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah that the Pekan MP wished to attend Rosmah's court case before attending his own 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) trial.

“I am making an application because my client wants to support his wife, ” Shafee said in court Wednesday (Feb 17).

When met outside the courtroom, Shafee said three Deputy Public Prosecutors from the 1MDB trial had also asked for the judge to allow them to also attend Rosmah's proceedings.

“I also told the judge that my client would like to be there for emotional support when his wife receives the judgment; whether her defence would be called or otherwise, ” said Shafee.

The lawyer said the judge agreed to the request and told parties that the 1MDB trial would start whenever the proceedings involving Rosmah before Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan concluded.

On Nov 15,2018, Rosmah claimed trial at the Sessions Court here to two counts of soliciting RM187.5mil and receiving RM1.5mil for projects to provide solar energy to rural schools in Sarawak.

On the first count, she was charged with dishonestly soliciting for herself, made through Rizal, a gratification of RM187.5mil, which is 15% of the value of the contract for the project, from Saidi.

It was as an inducement to help the company (Jepak Holdings) to secure the Hybrid Photovoltaic Solar System Integrated Project and Maintenance and Operation of Genset/Diesel for 369 rural schools in Sarawak, worth RM1.25bil through direct negotiation from the Education Ministry.

She was charged with committing the offence at Lygon Cafe’, G-24, Ground Floor, Sunway Putra Mall, 100, Jalan Putra, Chow Kit, here between March and April 2016.

On the second count, Rosmah was charged with dishonestly receiving for herself RM1,500,000 from Saidi for the same purpose at No. 11, Jalan Langgak Duta, Taman Duta, here on Sept 7,2017.

She was charged under Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act, which provides for imprisonment of up to 20 years and fine of not less than five times the amount of the gratification or RM10,000, whichever is higher, upon conviction.

On April 10,2019, Rosmah was charged again in the Sessions Court here with accepting gratification of RM5mil from Saidi through Rizal for helping Jepak Holdings to secure the same project at the same place in Jalan Langgak Duta.

All the cases had been transferred from the Sessions Court to the High Court for the trial which began on Feb 5,2020.

The prosecution trial has concluded and Rosmah will know tomorrow whether she will be acquitted or will have to enter her defence.

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