Rosmah could influence government’s decisions, court told

KUALA LUMPUR (BERNAMA) – Even without an official position, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, the wife of the former Prime Minister had allegedly acted “bossy” which could influence decisions in the government, the High Court was yesterday told.

Lead prosecutor Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram said Rosmah had wielded considerable influence by reason of her over-bearing nature.

“She placed herself in a position where she was able to influence decisions in the public sector,” he said when reading his opening statement on the first day of Rosmah’s corruption trial in a packed courtroom before Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan.

Sri Ram said the prosecution would, by direct and circumstantial evidence, prove that the accused solicited a bribe and received gratification as alleged in the charges brought against her.

Rosmah, 69, claimed trial to a charge of soliciting RM187.5 million and two counts of receiving a bribe of RM6.5 million from Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd managing director Saidi Abang Samsudin, through her former aide, Datuk Rizal Mansor for projects to provide solar energy to 369 rural schools in Sarawak.

She allegedly committed the offences at three places in Lygon Cafe, Sunway Putra Mall in Jalan Putra, at her house in Jalan Langgak Duta, Taman Duta and at Seri Perdana Residence, Persiaran Seri Perdana, Precinct 10, Putrajaya between March and September 7, 2018.

Rosmah Mansor, wife of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, arrives at Kuala Lumpur High Court. PHOTO: AP