Former Malaysian PM Najib's wife Rosmah pleads not guilty to soliciting, accepting bribes

Rosmah Mansor allegedly committed the offences between March 2016 and Sept 7 in 2017.
Rosmah Mansor allegedly committed the offences between March 2016 and Sept 7 in 2017.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

PUTRAJAYA - Rosmah Mansor, the wife of Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak, pleaded not guilty on Thursday (Nov 15) to two counts of soliciting and accepting bribes totalling RM187.5 million (S$61.6 million) over a solar hybrid project for schools in Sarawak.

She allegedly committed the offences between March 2016 and Sept 7 last year.

The case is fixed for mention on Dec 10. Bail was set at RM1 million.

The solar hybrid project courted controversy when whistle-blowing website Sarawak Report alleged in June that the contract was awarded to Jepak Holdings on the "direct" order of Najib.

Jepak Holdings, a transportation services company, was appointed at the end of 2016 to supply diesel, repair generators and provide solar hybrid systems for 369 schools.

Thursday was the second time Rosmah was hauled to court.

On Oct 4, she was charged with 17 counts of money laundering involving over RM7 million.

Meanwhile, Rosmah’s former aide Rizal Mansor also pleaded not guilty to four charges of graft involving RM218 million over the same project. The 44-year-old is accused of soliciting RM187.5 million and receiving RM5 million, for Rosmah.

He also allegedly solicited RM25 million and receiving RM500,000 for himself. 

In a separate courtroom, former federal territories minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor was charged with two graft charges of accepting RM3 million in bribes from two property developers over land deals linked to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall.

The Putrajaya member of parliament allegedly committed the offences between Dec 27, 2013 and June 14, 2016.

Meanwhile in another court, property developer Tan Eng Boon has pleaded not guilty to bribing Tengku Adnan and abetting him five years ago. 

Tan was accused at the Sessions Court on Thursday of giving Tengku Adnan RM1 million (S$330,000) via a cheque on Dec 27, 2013, that was deposited into the latter's bank account. 

In an alternative charge, Tan was accused of abetting Tengku Adnan of corruption on the same date.