Rosmah complied with MACC notice on asset declaration, says lawyer

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

PUTRAJAYA: Rosmah Mansor’s lawyer today said the former prime minister’s wife had complied with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) notice for her to declare her assets before her trial begins in February.

K Kumaraendran said Rosmah had complied with the notice under Section 49 (1)(a) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 on July 8.

“Our appeal against the High Court order that refused to strike out the notice is now academic,” he told reporters.

He added that Rosmah’s defence team would also withdraw its application to halt compliance with MACC’s notice at the High Court this Friday.

The lawyer earlier told the Court of Appeal that Rosmah was withdrawing her appeal against the High Court order dated May 24.

Judge Abdul Rahman Sebli then struck out her appeal.

Rosmah was issued the notice in November last year. She subsequently filed an application to strike out the notice on grounds that she might incriminate herself. However, the High Court threw out her bid.

Rosmah claimed trial last year to 17 money laundering charges amounting to RM14 million.

She was accused of five counts of failing to declare her tax returns from 2014 to 2018.

She was also slapped with three corruption charges related to a solar hybrid project for rural schools in Sarawak. She was accused of receiving RM1.5 million and RM5 million from the director of Jeepak Holdings as an inducement for the company to obtain the contract.

She was also said to have solicited RM187.5 million from the company.

If convicted of corruption, Rosmah faces a maximum 20 years’ jail and a fine of not less than five times the amount of gratification received or RM10,000, whichever is higher.

For the money laundering offences, she will face a maximum fine of RM5 million or more and a jail term of between five and 15 years if found guilty.