Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former Prime Minister, Najib Razak, was overcome with emotions and broke down in tears during the hearing of her corruption trial linked to the RM1.25 billion solar hybrid energy project for rural schools in Sarawak yesterday (6 October).
She also claimed that the trial against her and her family was “cruel and evil”.
She can be seen wiping her eyes when she claimed the 3 corruption charges against her were selective and malicious.
Rosmah also explained that she was made a scapegoat by other parties, namely the 5 other prosecution witnesses, in an alleged attempt to cover up their shame over corrupt acts in relation to the aforementioned project.
The prosecution witnesses are former education minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid (PW5), former education secretary-generals Tan Sri Madinah Mohamad (PW6) and Datuk Seri Alias Ahmad (PW12), along with Rosmah’s former aide, Datuk Rizal Mansor (PW21), and Jepak Holdings Managing director Saidi Abang Samsudin (PW17).
She then questioned why other prosecution witnesses were not charged for the project given to Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd, adding that she is in no position within the government to approve any government project.
“This is a heinous and evil act against me and my family.”
“This is also a form of malicious and selective prosecution against me.” she said.
Rosmah the apologised to the High Court Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan for her brief emotional outburst before wiping her tears, and then composing herself and continuing with her statement.
The wife of the former Prime Minister is currently facing 3 charges under Section 16 (a) (A) of the MACC Act 2009.
The first charge involves Rosmah being accused of soliciting a bribe of RM187.5 million from Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd to help get the Education Ministry project. The RM1.25 billion project aims to supply electricity to 369 rural schools in Sarawak using solar and diesel energy.
As for the second and third charges, she is accused of accepting bribes of RM1.5 million and RM5 million as a reward for getting the project.
In an opening statement by her legal team on Monday (5 October), Rosmah opined that Rizal was the true mastermind behind the corruption case.
On 8 January 2021, the prosecution applied to drop the charges against Rizal, in return for his testimony against Rosmah.
On 18 February this year, the High Court ordered Rosmah to enter into defence after finding that the prosecution had successfully made a prima facie case against her.