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Tears flow as Rosmah slams ‘cruel’ charges against her

She says her corruption charges are a cruel act against her and her family.

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Rosmah Mansor arrives at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur today. Photo: Bernama
Rosmah Mansor arrives at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur today. Photo: Bernama

Rosmah Mansor today broke into tears when giving her testimony at the High Court, describing her corruption charges as a cruel act against her and her family.

Rosmah, 69, burst into tears as she was reading out the last two pages of her witness statement on the second day of proceeding of her defence trial on three charges of corruption involving a hybrid solar project worth RM1.25 billion for 369 rural schools in Sarawak.

She said the prosecution had closed both eyes to the errors and irregularities in the process of awarding the tender to Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd.

She also claimed it was masterminded by then education minister Mahdzir Khalid and then secretary-general of the education ministry Madinah Mohamed and her successor Alias Ahmad, all of whom are prosecution witnesses in the case.

“Although Mahdzir, Madinah, Alias, the then managing director of Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd, Saidi Abang Samsuddin (SP17) and Rizal Mansor (SP21) should have had action taken against them for the offences committed, the prosecution preferred to have them as witnesses with no charges made against them.

“This was done so that they, too, could point their fingers at me, someone with no position in the government and no authority to approve any government project whatsoever, to cover up their wrongdoings which are now exposed to the public.

“This is a cruel and heinous act against me and my family. This is also malicious and selective prosecution against me,” she said as she sobbed.

This prompted judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan to ask her if she was alright.

Rosmah, who testified from the witness stand, replied, “I’m sorry Your Honour, I’ve gone through a lot.” She then continued with her testimony after wiping her tears.

She said the prosecution knew that the charges against her were baseless on account of Rizal’s willingness to become the crown witness and conspire with the prosecution to give false evidence in court to enable the charges against him to be withdrawn.

Rosmah told the court that she had never received RM6.5 million from Saidi, allegedly sent to her in Jalan Langgak Duta and Seri Perdana, to help expedite the process of awarding the hybrid solar project to his company.

She said Rizal’s claim that the RM6.5 million was placed in four bags, allegedly sent separately to the prime minister’s official residence in Seri Perdana on Dec 20, 2016, and his house in Langgak Duta on Sept 7, 2017, was a lie.

“I never received RM5 million in two bags allegedly given by Saidi through Rizal to me in Seri Perdana, and Rizal’s claim that the two bags were handed over to two butlers and then handed over to me is not true,” she added.

She also said that the prosecution had deliberately not called the butler as a witness as they knew the incident had never happened.

“If it is true what Rizal said that I allegedly instructed the butler to carry the two black bags with orange stripes to my room, the prosecution would have certainly called the butler as their important witness during the prosecution case,” she added.

On Feb 18, the High Court ordered Rosmah to enter her defence on the three corruption charges after finding that the prosecution had succeeded in proving a prima facie case against her.

Rosmah was charged with one count of soliciting RM187.5 million and two counts of receiving bribes of RM6.5 million from Saidi through Rizal.

It was allegedly an inducement to help the company (Jepak Holdings) to secure the hybrid photovoltaic solar system integrated project and maintenance and operation of genset/diesel for 369 rural schools in Sarawak worth RM1.25 billion through direct negotiation from the education ministry.

The offence was allegedly committed at Lygon Cafe, Sunway Putra Mall, Jalan Putra; her residence at Jalan Langgak Duta, Taman Duta; and at Seri Perdana, Persiaran Seri Perdana, Presint 10, Putrajaya, between January 2016 and September 2017.

The hearing continues tomorrow.