Rosmah to be charged with corruption over solar project

Rosmah Mansor will appear at the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow.

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today said Rosmah Mansor will face a corruption charge at the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow over a Sarawak solar project.

In a brief statement, MACC said the wife of former prime minister Najib Razak will be charged under Section 16(A)(a) of the MACC Act 2009, after the Attorney-General’s Chambers gave the green light today.

MACC only confirmed the case involving Rosmah was in connection with a solar project.

It is believed the project is related to the case in which her aide Rizal Mansor was charged at the Sessions Court in December last year.

Rizal faced four charges 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.

MACC said Rosmah was arrested at 1.45pm today at their office after recording her statement but she was released on bail later.

If convicted, Rosmah faces a 20-year jail sentence or a fine of five times the amount of the bribe given or solicited.

The solar project courted controversy when whistleblower website Sarawak Report alleged in June last year that Najib had ordered the contract to be awarded to Jepak Holdings, a transportation services company based in Bintulu.

Jepak Holdings was appointed at the end of 2016 for the supply of diesel and repair of generators, and to provide solar hybrid systems for 369 rural schools in Sarawak.

To date, none of the schools has these systems.