NO HIDING FOR NO-SHOW ROSMAH: COURT ORDERS HER TO DECLARE ASSETS AHEAD OF CRIMINAL TRIAL FOR CORRUPTION – EVEN AS SHE ABSENTS HERSELF TO ATTEND ROYAL FUNERAL

THE Kuala Lumpur High Court has ordered Rosmah Mansor to follow a notice by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to declare her assets before her criminal trial, where she faces 17 counts of money laundering and tax offences.

No dates have been set for her criminal trial yet.

Justice Mohd Zaini Mazlan today dismissed Rosmah’s application to strike out the notice by MACC to declare her assets.

The judge said enforcement authorities must be given leeway to carry out their investigations effectively, which include identifying assets of a person suspected of money laundering.

In her application filed in February, Rosmah called the notice issued to her by the MACC last November unconstitutional. The MACC sought to compel her to declare all her assets under sections 49(1)(a) and 49(3) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act.

Failure to do so could lead to a fine of up to RM3 million or imprisonment of up to five years or both.

Meanwhile, Zaini said he will decide by next Friday on an application by the prosecution to jointly hear the graft case of Rosmah and her former aide Rizal Mansor involving a solar project for Sarawak rural schools.

Also heard today was another application for Rosmah’s money laundering and tax evasion case to be jointly tried with the other two cases.

Ad-hoc prosecutor Gopal Sri Ram, who appeared before Zaini, said a joint trial for the three cases would satisfy requirements under sections 164, 165 and 170 of the Criminal Procedure Code and section 91 of the Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act.

Rosmah was charged with three counts of soliciting RM187.5 million and receiving RM6.5 million over kickbacks over the solar hybrid project for 369 rural schools in Sarawak.

Rizal faces four charges of seeking and receiving bribes for himself and Rosmah, amounting to RM5.5 million, for the same solar project.

Rosmah also claimed trial in October to 12 counts of money laundering involving RM7.1 million and five counts for failing to declare her income to the Inland Revenue Board.

Rosmah was represented by Manjeet Singh Dhillon, K. Kumaraendran and Jagjit Singh.

She was not present at today’s hearing. Her absence was permitted by the court as she is in Pekan with Najib for the funeral of Pahang’s Sultan Ahmad Shah. Najib is the Pekan MP.

THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT

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