Witness tampering claim never raised till today, says Rosmah’s lawyer

Geethan Ram Vincent .

KUALA LUMPUR: One of the lawyers for Rosmah Mansor has expressed surprise over a claim of witness tampering by her client, saying it had not surfaced during investigations until today.

Geethan Ram Vincent said a police report was only lodged last week and the former prime minister’s wife was not given a chance to refute the claim.

He said the police report was only made on Sept 28 and that it had not been investigated.

“It was not made by the alleged victim himself, but an investigating officer from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission,” he said.

Prosecuting lawyer Gopal Sri Ram today cited the police report in the Sessions Court today, where Rosmah was slapped with 17 charges related to transfers of some RM14 million into her bank account between 2013 and 2017.

Sri Ram said Rosmah had tried to approach a witness during investigations, to back his request that the court set a high amount of bail.

Rosmah today claimed trial to 17 money laundering charges, related to transfers of some RM14 million into her bank account between 2013 and 2017.

She was also accused of failing to declare the amount in her tax forms.

Meanwhile, another lawyer K Kumaraendran said in her 17 changes, there was no mention of money related to 1MDB.

“This is a good opportunity for her to clear her name in the courts,” he said.

Rosmah was allowed a RM2 million bail.