KUALA LUMPUR: The lead prosecutor in Rosmah Mansor’s money laundering charges today accused the former prime minister’s wife of tampering with witnesses in the case.
Fiat prosecutor Gopal Sri Ram said Rosmah previously approached witnesses, adding that interference with investigations was a serious offence.
He said this while arguing for RM10 million bail for Rosmah in the charges against her.
Deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib said a witness told the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) that he had been bothered during the course of investigations into a wedding in 2006, which the investigating officer made a police report on.
He said the witness claimed Rosmah had disturbed him while she was being investigated by MACC.
“The point we want to make is that there is a likelihood of a tendency to disturb witnesses.”
However K Kumaraendran, who is representing Rosmah, refuted the police report on witness tampering, saying she had not been given the opportunity to answer the charges.
Rosmah 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 before Sessions Court judge Azura Alwi.
If found guilty, she faces a fine of RM5 million or more and a jail term of between five and 15 years under Section 4 (1) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act.