Court sets RM2 million bail for Rosmah

KUALA LUMPUR: The Sessions Court set RM2 million bail for Rosmah Mansor and ordered that she surrender her passport and refrain from interfering with potential witnesses in the case.

Judge Azura Alwi set the amount after hearing arguments from fiat prosecutor Gopal Sri Ram and Rosmah’s lawyers, K Kumaraendran and Geethan Ram Vincent.

Gopal had initially asked for RM10 million.

RM500,000 of the bail will be paid today, with the remainder to be paid by Oct 11.

Rosmah, the wife of former prime minister Najib Razak, was slapped with 17 charges of money laundering amounting to RM14 million in the transfer of 1MDB funds into her bank account.

She claimed trial to all 17 charges.

If found guilty, she faces a jail term of between five and 15 years, and a fine of RM5 million or more under Section 4 (1) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act.

Kumaraendran said they would apply for the case to be transferred to the High Court, to which Gopal said there was no objection.

Kumaraendran said this would be done by Nov 6.

The judge then set Nov 8 for the next mention.

Rosmah was seen waving to her friends and family members as she walked back to the witness room.