Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former prime minister Najib Razak, broke down while testifying in the court today in her corruption trial linked to the RM1.25 billion solar hybrid energy project for rural schools in Sarawak.
She alleged that she had been made a scapegoat by the five prosecution witnesses in the trial, and called her prosecution malicious.
The witnesses in question are former education minister Mahdzir Khalid, former education secretary-generals Madinah Mohamad and Alias Ahmad, as well as Rosmah's former aide Rizal Mansor, and Jepak Holdings' former managing director Saidi Abang Samsudin.
"Even though actions are supposed to be taken against (the witnesses) for the offences committed, the prosecution prefers to call as witnesses without taking any action against them, so that together, they will blame me, an individual with no position in the government and no power to approve any government project whatsover, in a bid to cover their shame, which is already published to the general public.
"These are cruel and heinous acts towards me and my family. This is a malicious and selective prosecution against me," the Malay Mail quoted her saying.
Apologizing to the trial judge for her outburst later, Rosmah reportedly also said that she has "gone through a lot."
Rosmah faces a charge of soliciting RM187.5mil and two counts of receiving bribes totalling RM6.5mil from Saidi.
The bribes were allegedly received through Rizal as a reward for helping Jepak Holdings secure the Hybrid Photovoltaic Solar System Integrated Project as well as the maintenance and operation of diesel generator sets for 369 Sarawak rural schools worth RM1.25bil from the Education Ministry through direct negotiation.
The offences, under Section 16(a)(A) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act, were allegedly committed at the Lygon Cafe, Sunway Putra Mall, Jalan Putra here; at her residence in Jalan Langgak Duta, Taman Duta; and at Seri Perdana, Persiaran Seri Perdana, Precinct 10, Putrajaya; between January 2016 and September 2017.
If convicted, she can face up to 20 years in prison, and a five of up to five times the amount of gratification, or RM10,000, or whichever is higher.
Source: Malay Mail
Photo source: Astro Awani
Wed Oct 06 2021
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