Ex-Malaysia first lady Rosmah’s graft trial to proceed
Published: 12:20 PM, 18 February 2021 Updated: 02:26 PM, 18 February 2021
Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak; Photo: Collected
A Malaysian court on Thursday ordered Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former Prime Minister Najib Razak, boosting efforts to bring her to justice in a corruption trial linked to a multi-million dollar project approved while the ex-premier was still in power.
Dozens of graft charges filed against Najib Razak and Rosmah Mansor after Najib lost the 2018 election, amid anger over alleged corruption and their luxurious lifestyle. Besides, police raids revealed Rosmah owned millions of dollars worth of jewelry and luxury handbags. – reports Reuters.
The country’s high court ruled that the prosecution had “proved sufficient evidence” for the case to proceed.
During the hearing, Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan said he observed that the prosecution has produced credible evidence to prove every element of the offense. “I now call upon the accused to enter a defence,” he said in his ruling.
Rosmah Mansor, meanwhile, told the court that she would testify under oath during defence proceedings.
She faced three charges of soliciting and receiving bribes involving a total of 194 million ringgit ($48.09 million) to help a company named Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd to secure a solar power project.
If found guilty, the former first lady could be jailed for up to 20 years and fined at least five times the total specified in the charges.
Source: Reuters, AFP