Rosmah to know her fate on Sarawak schools solar project corruption charges on Feb 18

Rosmah Mansor – MalayMailpic

FORMER prime minister Najib Razak’s wife Rosmah Mansor will know on Feb 18 whether she needs to enter her defence on her corruption case or will be acquitted.

The Kuala Lumpur High Court fixed the date after hearing submissions from the prosecution and defence teams today, reports Malaysiakini.

Rosmah was represented by lawyers led by Jagjit Singh and Akberdin Abdul Kader while former Federal Court judge Gopal Sri Ram led the prosecution team.

Rosmah is facing three counts of corruption for allegedly soliciting RM187.5 million from Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd managing director Saidi Abang Samsudin as an inducement to help the company secure a RM1.25 bil solar project for 369 rural schools in Sarawak through direct negotiation with the Education Ministry.

She is also accused of receiving bribes amounting to RM6.5 million from Saidi between 2016 and 2017.

The defence had argued that Rosmah had never solicited the bribes which she allegedly received in a form of RM5 million and RM1.5 million in two separate bags at the Seri Perdana residence.

Jagjit claimed that it was Saidi who offered RM6.5 million as a political donation to Najib for the preparation of general election, after the arrangement made by him, his former business partner Rayyan Radzwill Abdullah and Rosmah’s former aide Rizal Mansor.

He alleged that the fund was then given to Najib via Rosmah while Gopal said there was evidence that the accused had instructed Rizal to solicit the bribe in question.

Rosmah faces a maximum 20 years’ jail and a fine of not less than five times the amount of the gratification.