Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, the wife to convicted prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, has been found guilty of all 3 charges of seeking and receiving bribes in return for assisting in a government contract to supply energy to rural schools in Sarawak.
Yesterday (1 September), High Court Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan ruled that the prosecution had proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
“I find the accused failed to rebut the assumption that she did not receive the sums of money. I found the receipt of RM187.5 million was corruptly received, the second charge of receiving RM1.5 million and the third charge for receiving RM5 million was corruptly received in return for getting Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd a government contract through direct negotiations,” he was quoted as saying by Malay Mail.
“The defence was devoid of credible evidence and unsubstantiated evidence which created reasonable doubt. The prosecution has delivered their case and therefore I find the accused guilty of all three charges and I now invite counsel to submit their litigation pending stay of execution,” he added.
With this, Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan imposed a fine of RM970 million for all charges and 10 years in jail for each charge on Rosmah. He also ordered the prison time to run concurrently from the date of judgment.
However, he allowed a stay of execution on the sentence pending an appeal to the Court of Appeal.
The hearing has been concluded in February this year, with 23 prosecution witnesses and two defence witnesses, including Rosmah, testifying during this two-year period.
Rosmah insists that she is innocent
After the verdict was delivered, Rosmah gave a teary speech from the dock and insisted that she had never asked for or taken the bribes involved.
In her 5-minute speech, she claimed that she was scapegoated by former aide turned prosecution witness Datuk Rizal Mansor and that she never personally met the individuals who said the paid the bribes to her.
“I must admit I’m very disappointed today, with what’s happening to me in this courtroom; I thought this is where you get justice.”
“I’ve always told my lawyers to speak the truth and don’t ever lie because that’s how I was brought up. I want to leave this courtroom with good memories of the court system and judiciary.”
“I want to tell everyone that I was a former first lady whose only intention was to help the country,” she said.
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