Rosmah’s graft case transferred to High Court

Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former prime minister Najib Razak.

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here today allowed the prosecution’s application to transfer Rosmah Mansor’s graft case from the Sessions Court to the High Court.

Judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah made the ruling after hearing submissions from the prosecution, led by former Federal Court judge Gopal Sri Ram, and Rosmah’s lawyer Jagjit Singh.

Sri Ram said earlier that the prosecution had sought to transfer Rosmah’s case to the High Court as they want it to be jointly charged with the case involving Rizal Mansor, which concerns the same matter.

He added that the High Court had wider jurisdiction than the Sessions Court to hear the case.

However, Jagjit objected, saying Rosmah’s case should be heard in the Sessions Court as there are many courts here that specialise in corruption cases.

“Here in the Kuala Lumpur court, we have three courts specialising in corruption with highly experienced judges.

“So why must the case be transferred to the High Court? Why do you want to conduct a joint trial when they (Rosmah and Rizal) were charged separately?”

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

On the same day, Rizal pleaded not guilty to four counts of soliciting and accepting bribes for himself and Rosmah amounting to RM5.5 million, involving the supply of equipment and installation of the solar hybrid system for rural schools in Sarawak.

They were charged under Section 16 (a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act. If found guilty, they face imprisonment of up to 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the amount of gratification, or RM10,000, whichever is higher.