No decision yet on Rosmah's third representation to drop charges, says prosecution

KUALA LUMPUR: There is no decision yet on the third representation by Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor to the Attorney General's Chambers in her RM7mil money laundering and tax evasion case, the High Court heard.

Justice K. Muniandy was informed by Deputy Public Prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib during case mention on Friday (March 1) that the prosecution had received another follow-up letter from Rosmah's solicitors, Messrs Reza Rahim & Rajivan.

DPP Ahmad Akram said several new points were raised in the letter.

"All these new facts need to be investigated to verify the points made in the letter. However, it is taking time due to the complexity of the issue and most witnesses are not available when we called them (for investigation).

"Up until now, we don't have a decision yet on the representation and to save judiciary time, we propose we go on to hear the application (to drop charges) as well as the trial while the steps are being carried out until we have the decision," the DPP said.

Lawyer Joshua Tay, who represented Rosmah, said the defence agreed to the prosecution's suggestion.

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Justice Muniandy then fixed July 4 to hear Rosmah's application to drop all 17 charges against her.

This is Rosmah's third representation to the AGC.

She had sent her first and second representations on May 3 and Aug 18 respectively last year. No decisions have been made thus far on the two representations.

The wife of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak filed the application to be discharged and acquitted of 12 money laundering charges involving more than RM7mil and five charges of failing to declare her income to the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) on Oct 4, 2020.

She allegedly committed all the offences at Affin Bank Berhad, Natural Rubber Building Branch, Jalan Ampang between Dec 4, 2013, and June 8, 2017, and at the LHDN office in Government Complex, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim here, from May 1, 2014, to May 1, 2018.

The trial began on Aug 24, last year and two witnesses have testified.

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