Transfer of Rosmah’s graft case in the interest of justice, says prosecution

The former prime minister’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, is accused of corruption in connection with a solar energy project for rural schools in Sarawak. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The prosecution in Rosmah Mansor’s corruption case says it is applying for the case to be transferred from the Sessions Court to the High Court as the latter has wider jurisdiction.

Deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib said it was also to ensure an efficient delivery of justice.

“If the case begins at the High Court, the appeal can be heard until the Federal Court. If there are any complex legal issues, they will be resolved at the Federal Court,” he said when making his submissions before High Court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah on the prosecution’s application to transfer the case.

Rosmah, the wife of former prime minister Najib Razak, faces two counts of corruption involving a solar energy project for rural schools in Sarawak.

Her lawyer, Akberdin Abdul Kader, requested time to file an affidavit of objection to the transfer.

“We have to study a 370-page document on the case, and our client feels that this case is being intentionally done in haste,” he said.

Sequerah set March 15 to her submissions by the defence.

On Nov 15 last year, Rosmah, 67, pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court to two counts of soliciting RM187.5 million and receiving RM1.5 million for the project to provide electricity to 369 rural schools in Sarawak.

She was charged under Section 16 (a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act. If convicted, she faces imprisonment of up to 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the amount of gratification received, or RM10,000, whichever is higher.