PETALING JAYA: The Court of Appeal has granted Rosmah Mansor’s application for the temporary release of her passport so she can travel to Singapore to meet her daughter, Nooryana Najwa Najib, and other family members.
Nooryana is expected to deliver her third child on Aug 28.
According to Bernama, a three-member panel comprising Justices Hadhariah Syed Ismail, Azman Abdullah and Azmi Ariffin granted the application today.
“My client is applying for the return of her passport so she can travel to Singapore from tomorrow to Aug 23, from Aug 26 to Sept 6, and from Sept 9 to Oct 31,” Rosmah’s lawyer, Jagjit Singh, told the court earlier.
Deputy public prosecutor Poh Yih Tinn said the prosecution had no objection to the application.
Rosmah will return to Malaysia for the periods between the respective dates to attend ongoing court proceedings.
In June, the Court of Appeal allowed Rosmah’s passport to be released for travel to Singapore between June 15 and July 7. The prosecution did not object to the application.
On Sept 1, 2022, Rosmah, 71, was convicted of soliciting RM187.5 million from former Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd managing director Saidi Abang Samsudin through her former aide, Rizal Mansor, as an inducement to help the company secure a RM1.25 billion Sarawak rural schools’ solar energy project.
She was also convicted on charges of receiving bribes of RM5 million and RM1.5 million from Saidi on Dec 20, 2016 and Sept 7, 2017, respectively.
Trial judge Zaini Mazlan sentenced her to 10 years in prison for each of the three charges, but ordered that they run concurrently. She was also fined RM970 million.
Rosmah is out on RM1 million bail pending the hearing of her appeal in the Court of Appeal.
She is also standing trial on 12 money laundering charges involving RM7.09 million, and five charges of failing to declare her income to the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN).
The trial will commence on Aug 24 if the attorney-general rejects representations filed on her behalf asking that the charges be dropped.