Rosmah pleads not guilty to 17 charges of money laundering

Rosmah pleads not guilty to 17 charges of money laundering
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KUALA LUMPUR - 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).

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

Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram and Ahmad Akram Gharib are the prosecution team, while the defence is being led by Datuk K. Kumaraendran and Datuk Geethan Ram Vincent.

Prosecutor Sri Ram did not oppose bail and suggested a sum of RM10 million (S$3.33 million).

Defence lawyer Datuk Geethan Ram Vincent said: "The purpose of bail is to secure attendance and should not be punitive."

He then asked for a significantly lower bail of RM250,000.

Sri Ram also claimed that during recording of her statement, Rosmah had approached a witness and asked the witness to make a statement in her favour.

He also asked for Rosmah's passport to be surrendered and that she not approach any witnesses.

In rebuttal, Geethan said: "She is wife to former prime minister. She has been called by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission three times (on June 5, Sept 26 and Oct 3) and each time she has never failed to attend and gives her full-cooperation.

He added that Rosmah had no prior offences and this was her first time in court.

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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