Court sets May 10 to hear bid for Rosmah to declare property acquisition

Rosmah Mansor.

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court today set May 10 to hear the prosecution’s application for Rosmah Mansor to declare her property acquisition in a money laundering case.

Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan set the date when the case came up for mention before him. Also present were deputy public prosecutor Mohd Dusuki Mokhtar and Rosmah’s lawyer Geethan Ram Vincent.

Geethan asked for a week to file the defence argument against the prosecution’s application.

On Oct 4, 2018, Rosmah, who is also represented by counsel Manjeet Singh Dhilion and K Kumaraendran, pleaded not guilty to 12 counts of money laundering involving RM7,097,750, and five counts of failing to declare her income to the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN).

The offences were allegedly committed at Affin Bank Bhd, Bangunan Getah Asli branch, Ground Floor, 148 Jalan Ampang here between Dec 4, 2013 and June 8, 2017, and the Inland Revenue Board, Kompleks Bangunan Kerajaan, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim here between May 1, 2014 and May 1, 2018.

The charges of money laundering were framed under Section 4 (1)(a) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 and punishable under Section 4(1) of the same law, which provides for imprisonment of up to 15 years and a fine of not less than five times the sum or value of the proceeds of unlawful activity or RM5 million, whichever is higher.

The charges for not declaring income were made under Section 77(1) of the Income Tax Act 1967 which requires her to furnish returns of her income for the assessment years 2013 to 2017 to the LHDN director-general on or before April 30, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 without reasonable excuse contrary to Section 112 of the law.