Malaysia: Rosmah ordered to enter defence for soliciting, receiving bribes over project for rural schools

Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor has been ordered to enter her defence over corruption charges involving a project to provide solar hybrid power for rural schools in Sarawak.

Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan ruled that the prosecution had succeeded in establishing a prima facie case against former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s wife on all three charges of soliciting and receiving bribes.

He said the prosecution had produced credible evidence against Rosmah for her to enter her defence.

Rosmah, who was seated in the dock clad in a Baju Kurung, did not show any reaction upon hearing the judge’s decision.

The 69-year old accused has three options after being ordered to enter her defence. She can either keep quiet and not answer the charges, give an unsworn statement from the dock without being cross-examined by the prosecution, or testify under oath on the witness stand with the prosecution given the opportunity to question her during cross-examination.

Also present in the courtroom to lend his moral support was Najib, who in July last year was convicted and sentenced to 12 years’ jail besides being fined RM210 million.

He was jailed and fined after he was found guilty of all seven charges related to the misappropriation of RM42 million of former 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) subsidiary company, SRC International Sdn Bhd funds.

The original full article can be found at nst.com.my

(Photo: Hari Anggara)

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