Rosmah and former aide Rizal to be charged on Thursday

Rosmah and former aide Rizal to be charged on Thursday
Rosmah Mansor (C), wife of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, leaves courthouse following the court appearance of Najib in Kuala Lumpur on October 25, 2018.
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PETALING JAYA - Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor will face fresh charges in court on Thursday (Nov 15), together with her former aide Datuk Rizal Mansor.

Sources said six charges related to the RM1.25 billion (S$412 million) solar hybrid project for rural schools in Sarawak will be brought against the duo, involving an amount of RM6.5 million.

Rosmah, who is the wife of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, will not be arrested prior to the court case as what has happened earlier last month.

She has been told to go to the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex herself at 8.30am on Thursday.

She was slapped with 17 counts of money laundering at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court the next day.

Meanwhile, Rosmah's lawyer Datuk Geethan Ram Vincent confirmed that she will be charged on Thursday but they were still in the dark over what the charges were related to.

The Star in an exclusive report on Monday, reported that Rosmah and Rizal will be charged in court over the solar hybrid project.

The project courted controversy when Sarawak Report alleged in June that the contract was awarded to Bintulu-based company Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd - a transportation services company - on the "direct" order of Najib.

Jepak Holdings was appointed at the end of 2016 for the supply of diesel, repair of generators and to provide solar hybrid systems for 369 rural schools in Sarawak.

To date, none of the schools have it.

Rizal was arrested by the MACC in July following allegations that he solicited money from Jepak Holdings over the project.

However, it is believed that the money did not change hands.

In June, the graft busters also arrested a company director, managing director and a lawyer over the controversial project.

The MACC began investigating the billion ringgit project in April, a month before the general election.

Rosmah's attire and accessories capture attention during questioning

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    Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor has pleaded not guilty to all 17 charges of money laundering involving about RM7mil at the Sessions Court here Thursday (Oct 4).

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    The charges framed against her are under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (AMLATFPUAA) 2001.

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    Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor was arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). According to her lawyers, she was arrested at 3.20pm while giving her statement at its headquarters here.

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    Rosmah had arrived at the MACC headquarters at 10.42am earlier on Wednesday (Oct 3). Clad in a light green baju kurung and matching headscarf, Rosmah looked calm as she walked past the gathered media.

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    The latest interrogation of the former Malaysian PM's wife by the country's anti-corruption officers is believed to evolve around the 1MDB scandal.

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    Ros­mah emerged from the MACC headquarters on Wed after a 13-hour interrogation. Although she looked exhausted, the 66-year-old afforded a meek smile to waiting journalists outside the building.

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    Her attire and accessories were the centre of attention on Sept 26, as she had colour coordinated her green baju kurung and tudung with a Loewe designer handbag and wedge shoes.

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    Rosmah looked calm when she alighted from a Proton Perdana and walked past a horde of journalists who converged outside the MACC building earlier in the morning.

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    This was the second time Rosmah had been questioned by the MACC.

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    The last time out, she wore a blue baju kurung and red tudung, with her bright red Versace handbag drawing the most stares.

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    The last time out, she wore a blue baju kurung and red tudung, with her bright red Versace handbag drawing the most stares.

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    Rosmah was questioned for about five hours by MACC investigators on June 5 over a probe into SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) subsidiary.

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    This time round, she entered the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters at 9.50am on Sept 26 and emerged at 10.40pm.

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    Last Thursday (Sept 20), Najib was slapped with 25 fresh corruption and money-laundering charges. He was granted bail of RM3.5 million (S$1.15 million) with two sureties in his latest court case.

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    Investigators have not ruled out that Najib as well as other individuals could be faced with even more charges related to the 1MDB case.

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    The United States Department of Justice has alleged that more than US$4.5bil (RM18bil) was misappropriated from 1MDB and that about US$680 million (S$929 million) ended up in Najib’s personal bank account.

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