Rosmah maintains not guilty plea to amended charge in solar project case

Rosmah Mansor.

KUALA LUMPUR: The former prime minister’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, maintained her not guilty plea at the Sessions Court here today to an amended charge of receiving a bribe of RM5 million from Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd as an inducement to help the company secure a solar hybrid project for rural schools in Sarawak three years ago.

Rosmah, 68, maintained the plea after the amended charge was read to her before judge Azura Alwi.

Earlier, deputy public prosecutor Mohd Dusuki Mokhtar informed the court that the prosecution wanted to submit the amended charge today.

“The new charge is made to amend the address where the offence was allegedly committed,” he said.

On the amended charge, Rosmah is accused of receiving the bribe on Dec 20, 2016 at Seri Perdana on Persiaran Seri Perdana in Precinct 10, Putrajaya.

She was originally charged on April 10 with committing the offence at No. 11, Jalan Langgak Duta, Taman Duta here.

Rosmah is alleged to have corruptly accepted for herself RM5 million from one Saidi Abang Samsudin, 60, through Rizal Mansor, 45, as gratification for helping Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd to secure the solar project for 396 rural schools in Sarawak through direct negotiation with the education ministry.

She was charged under Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009, punishable under Section 24(1) of the same law, which provides an imprisonment for up to 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the sum or value of the gratification, or RM10,000, whichever is higher, if found guilty.

Dusuki also informed the court that the prosecution had submitted an application to transfer the case to the High Court.

“May 28 has been set for case management at the High Court, and on the same date, the court will set the date to hear the transfer application,” he said.

Judge Azura then set June 25 for remention of the case.

Rosmah’s defence team was led by lawyer Akberdin Abdul Kader.